On the 24th anniversary of the murder of a Wayne County resident, a man walked into a sheriff’s station in Louisiana and confessed to the killing.
Allen Deaver, 74, told Livingston Parrish sheriff’s officers he had killed his son-in-law, Sidney Maurice Gregory by beating him to death and then setting his mobile home on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime.
Wayne County deputies and the NC SBI discovered an unsolved case from that date in the Seven Springs community that matched what Deaver was describing.
Deputies and SBI agents traveled to Louisiana to met with Deaver and his wife. They submitted their findings to the District Attorney’s Office and then to a Wayne County Grand Jury on Monday. The grand jury returned an indictment for first degree murder on Deaver.
Louisiana authorities were notified and took him into custody that same day. Work is now underway to extradite Deaver to North Carolina to stand trial.