Crime

Cary man charged with murdering mother, girlfriend

Brandon James Lee
Brandon James Lee

A Cary man who called police Sunday afternoon to tell them he had killed his mother and girlfriend has been charged with murder in the deaths of the two women.

Brandon James Lee, 34, of 24203 Havers Drive, made the call at about 3:41 p.m., police said. Lee was taken into custody without incident by Cary Police and charged for the murders of Christa Lee, 58, of Havers Drive and Krystal Juell Hylton, 28, of Parktop Drive.

“At what is regarded as one of the most joyous times of the year, our hearts are full of sorrow for what are now three Cary families and their friends who are suffering the incredibly tragic loss of their loved ones,” said Police Chief Tony Godwin. “During such a sad and difficult time, we hope this arrest brings some measure of closure to all families involved.”

Wake County records show that Lee was arrested on Dec. 14 on charges of communicating threats and trespassing on posted property. On Nov. 22, he was arrested at a shopping center on Tryon Woods Drive on a charge of injury to property, and he was charged Aug. 31with injury to property and disorderly conduct the previous day.

Wake property records show the listed address as part of an apartment complex near the Crossroads shopping district and Jones Franklin Road in Cary.

A 911 call in the case will likely be released Monday.

Cary police described the deaths as the fourth and fifth murders of the year.

Lee was held without bail at the Wake County Detention Center and scheduled to appear before a judge Monday.

He was already scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 15 and March 8 on the charges from earlier in the year.

On Friday, the death of Nalini Tellaprolu, 51, was ruled a homicide by the State Medical Examiner’s Office. Tellaprolu’s body was found Thursday afternoon at her home in the 2100 block of Roland Glen Road, police said in a news release.

Officials urge anyone with information about these killings to contact the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636.

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