State of N.C. offering reward in 2016 Onslow Co. double murder

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday the state of North Carolina is now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the 2016 murders of two brothers in Onslow County.

On May 18, 2016, the bodies of Deandre Patrick Gilbert, 19, and his brother Tyler Christian Gilbert, 16, were discovered on Hardy Graham Road in the Maple Hill area of Onslow County.

The brothers had been shot execution-style and their bodies had been left in a ditch on a dirt road.

Their vehicle was discovered in a nearby wooded area and had been burned.

During the investigation, Steven Jarrel McCarty was arrested and charged with conspiracy, burning personal property, possession of stolen vehicle and obstruction of justice.

In addition, Marquis Xavier Kent was arrested and charged with conspiracy and burning personal property.

Of the two, McCarty remains in the custody of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.

Kent in no longer in custody having been released on a $5,000 secured bond.

The Gilbert brothers mother said she wanted everyone to know that she just wants justice for her boys and hopes the reward would encourage someone with information to come forward and help solve the case.

Anyone with information concerning this case should contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Onslow County Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273, or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

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