The Weaverville suspect charged in the murder of a Mills River man was indicted by a McDowell grand jury on charges stemming from the aftermath, according to court records.

Phillip Michael Stroupe II, 39, of King Road in Weaverville, faces one count each in McDowell of felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, resisting a public officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Prior to his arrest, Stroupe was the subject of a manhunt in numerous counties in western N.C. in late July with multiple warrants for his arrest.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on July 26, McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies were notified of a possible sighting of Stroupe in a silver Honda Ridgeline truck in Yancey County. The truck was owned by 68-year-old Thomas Bryson in Henderson County, who had been reported missing earlier that day.

Attempts were made by multiple agencies to contact Stroupe, who was traveling in an evasive manner toward McDowell on N.C. 80.

“The Sheriff’s Office and Marion police got in a position to intercept the vehicle,” said McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene shortly after the arrest. “They used stop sticks, which were effective.”

Stroupe continued traveling about another mile on U.S. 70 West before the truck stopped, and he escaped through a window and fled into a tomato field. He was apprehended at approximately 1:30 a.m. near Riverside Market.

“We found a handgun in a field between where he left the vehicle and where he was apprehended that is likely associated with him,” Greene stated. “He was also found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.”

Days after Stroupe’s arrest, Bryson’s body was located in a corn field in Arden on July 30. Stroupe was subsequently charged and indicted in Henderson County with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. Henderson District Attorney Greg Newman confirmed that he is pursuing the death penalty.

Also arrested in the investigation are: Stroupe’s father, 68-year-old Phillip Stroupe Sr.; 40-year-old Jennifer Hawkins and 23-year old Larry Hawkins II of Barnardsville; and 45-year-old Frederick Badgero of Nebo, all charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

The following indictments were handed down by a grand jury during the month of August:

• Andrew Mitchell Barchie Jr., 35, of Belaire Road, Mooresboro, one count of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering.

• Gary Harrison Bartlett, 46, of Sugar Hill Road, Marion, one count each of driving while impaired, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon of mass death and destruction and carrying a concealed gun.

• Heather Nicole Brown, 36, of Triple J. Park, Marion, one count each of obtaining property under false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

• Anthony Jerry Burgess, 30, of South Sterling Street, Morganton, one count each of aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

• James Qualane Burgess, 27, of Roper Street, Morganton, one count each of conspiracy and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Jose Jovanny Camarena, 21, of Gaddy Road, Nebo, one count each of resisting a public officer and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance and two counts each of felony possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

• Darryl Scott Causby, 55, of Chickory Drive, Marion, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

• Heather Renee Causby, 32, of Gaddy Road, Marion, one count of larceny by employee.

• Bryan D. Crisp, 33, of Summerset Park, Old Fort, one count each of breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

• Larry Dixon, 63, of N.C. 226 South, Marion, one count each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Kelsey Lamon England, 37, of Julia Court, Claremont, one count each of conspiracy to traffic marijuana, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Dustin Anthony Foust, 33, of Cleveland, Ohio, one count of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering.

• Jayson Michael Gibson, 37, of Tylor Heights, Marion, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, three counts of possession of methamphetamine, one count of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, one count of felony possession of marijuana, three counts of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and three counts of habitual felon.

• Jennifer Marie Granroos, 39, of Ruby B. Drive, Marion, one count of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny after breaking or entering.

• Robert Todd Guffey, 33, of Main Street, Marion, one count each of conspiring to traffic methamphetamine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Steve Edward Hamm, 45, of Jesse James Drive, Marion, two counts of obtaining property under false pretense.

• Charles Dean Herron, 32, of Breezy Hill Drive, Old Fort, one count each of first-degree sex exploitation of a minor, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree statutory rape, statutory rape by an adult, incest of a child less than 13 and older than four and statutory sex offense of a child by an adult.

• Christopher Dwayne Lawing, 27, of Rockhouse Road, Marion, three counts of injury to real property, two counts of resisting a public officer and one count each of fleeing or eluding arrest in a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of methamphetamine.

• Denise Hudgins Lester, 52, of Old Linville Road, Marion, one count of felony larceny of a firearm.

• Joshua Michael Lipe, 36, of Indian Waters Drive, Old Fort, one count of felony larceny.

• Diamond Sharell Lipscomb, 32, of Newland Street, Morganton, one count each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Patricia Alton Locklear, 25, of Old Glenwood Road, Marion Correctional Institution, two counts each of burning personal property and habitual felon.

• Levi Eddie McHone, 28, of Cooper Drive, Nebo, one count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

• Steven Lynn Milam, 44, of Hicks Chapel Loop, Marion, one count of possession of stolen goods.

• Bridget Miller, 39, of Twin Lakes Road, Old Fort, one count of obtaining property under false pretense.

• Alvin Lewis Pack, 33, of Mount Hebron Road, Old Fort, one count of failure to register as a sex offender.

• Jessica Yesenia Flore Parker, 21, of Spaulding Road, Marion, one count each of possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Carl B. Primus, 24, of Old Glenwood Road, Marion Correctional Institution, assault with physical injury on a detention employee.

• David Rankin, 54, of East Liberty Street, Salisbury, one count of failure to disclose felony conviction.

• Justin Dean Ray, 25, of Oakdale Estates Drive, Old Fort, one count each of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.

• Randy Lewis Scott, 49, of U.S. 70 West, Marion, three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

• Jeremy Scott Smith, 33, of Candee Acres, Marion, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Oakley Lynn Sparks, 35, of Seventh Street Clinchfield, Marion, one count each of conspiracy to traffic marijuana, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Thomas Cleveland Trammell, 50, of Underwood Cove Road, Waynesville, one count each of felony burning certain public buildings and habitual felon.

• Brittany Ann Twyman, 28, of Joes Drive, Marion, one count of identity theft.

• Ray Jackson Welch, 55, of Stacy Hill Road, Marion, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Russel Andrew Welch, 40, of Carl Freeman Avenue, Morganton, one count each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and aiding and abetting a continuing criminal enterprise.

• Franklin Laquinn Wilkerson, 39, of George Drive, Nebo, one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.

• Taylon Nolan Williams, 17, of Matilda Avenue, Marion, one count each of first-degree rape and first-degree statutory rape.

• Tomoka Shenee Young, 38, of Dwight Berry Drive, Marion, one count of burning personal property.