EDEN — Two men previously charged in a shooting last month both now face a first-degree murder charge.
Justin Warren Joyce, 25, and Waylan Ray Tuttle, 18, had originally been charged with voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the July 27 death of Fuquan Donee Fallen, 33, Eden police said in a news release.
Police say a physical altercation earlier in the day between Fallen and Nathan Joyce led to both agreeing to meet for a fight where Fallen lived in the 400 block of Morgan Road. The fight quickly escalated shortly after 9 p.m. when police were called about a disturbance at that address.
Fallen was found dead in the yard, police said.
Justin Joyce, who is Nathan’s brother, was one of two people who were treated for a gunshot wound to the lower leg, police said. Justin Joyce and Tuttle also are charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the injuries to the other person who was shot in the leg, police said.
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Both men are now being held without bail at the Rockingham County Detention Facility.
Those involved knew each other before the July 27 fight, police said.