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Family of Accused Murderer: 'We Do Not Believe It'

Posted December 7, 2007 8:39 p.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2007 10:38 p.m. EST

— The family of a man accused of killing a young woman before committing suicide is demanding to see the evidence.

Authorities declared Thursday that David Wilson had robbed Michelle Bullard, 23, and her friends, then killed her almost two years ago. Wilson's family is pressing for more answers.

When Diane Myatt saw her brother’s face on television Thursday night, it hurt to hear him called a murderer, she said.

“You’re talking about my brother’s guilt, the guilt put on my brother,” she said.

David Wilson shot himself when deputies stopped him on Jan. 2, 2006.

Early that morning, according to the account that Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter presented Thursday, Wilson had kidnapped Bullard from a mobile home in Broadway and killed her. Carter said the evidence is conclusive, but would not say what links Wilson to the crimes.

“Until there’s proof, we don’t want to believe it. We do not believe it,” Diane Myatt said.

“They’re blaming it on a dead man, and a dead man can’t talk,” said William Wilson, David Wilson’s brother. “And they’re saying he’s guilty when they’ve not proved anything.”

Carter was not sheriff when the kidnapping happened or when Bullard's remains turned up months later in rural Cumberland County. When he took office, investigators re-examined forensic and physical evidence, he said.

On the day of Bullard's disappearance, authorities called David Wilson a person of interest. They said he loosely fit the description of the kidnapper. Wilson's siblings said he and Bullard didn't know each other. They also said his suicide had nothing to do with the case.

“He just had a rough life,” William Wilson said.

David Wilson was deeply depressed, had financial troubles and had threatened suicide before, family members said. However, if the evidence clearly points to David Wilson as the murderer, his family said they will accept it.

“We’d like some closure, too. We’d like some closure,” Diane Wyatt said.

Carter said he sympathizes with the Wilson family. He said he'll be able to release the evidence at some point, but that the district attorney has asked him not to discuss it yet because of the ongoing investigation.