Daly indicted for second-degree murder

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 15, 2005

WILLIAMSTON – A Martin County grand jury charged Tyron Price Daly of Ahoskie n the lone survivor in a two car wreck in early November that left two people dead on NC Hwy 125 n with two counts of second-degree murder.

Daly was also charged with DWI in the wreck that killed Dan Wiggins and Christine McGinty.

According to a report from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Daly was operating a pick-up truck that collided head-on with a passenger car driven by Wiggins. The fatal wreck was on NC 125, near its intersection with NC Hwy 903 in Martin County.

Wiggins pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served two years in jail for his role in a similar accident 14 years ago.

Immediately after the Dec. 5 grand jury hearing, Daly and his attorney, Perry Martin of Ahoskie, appeared in Martin County District Superior Court where Daly’s bond was set at $100,000.

Keith Wiggins, the father of Dan Wiggins, said Daly’s bond was too low and he will have a motion to have the bond raised during a court proceeding.

“The man has already been convicted one time; he shouldn’t be out at all,” Keith Wiggins said.

According to Martin County District Attorney Seth Edwards, who met with the Wiggins’ family prior to the Dec. 5 hearing, the typical charge in a DWI fatality case is vehicular manslaughter.

“What elevates this up is the requirement of malice,” Edwards said. “We can show a pattern with excessively reckless conduct or a prior record.”

Each second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 32 years in jail.

Edwards said “common sense” would lead him to pursue first-degree murder charges that allow for a death sentence.

“But case law in North Carolina is such that you couldn’t charge first degree murder in this case,” he said.