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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man is free tonight a day after being charged with first degree murder.

Tyron Seabrook is home with his wife after Wilmington Police admitted they no longer have enough evidence to charge him. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says after the key witness changed his story, he asked prosecutors to drop the charges against Seabrook.

"I feel relieved," Seabrook's wife Trinetta said. "I knew my husband was innocent from day one. I've been fighting for him ever since he was arrested."

The past few days have been a roller coaster of emotions for Trinetta Adams-Seabrook. She and Tyron got married Friday.

Hours later Tyron's friend Eugene Logan had been shot and killed in the Hillcrest community.

By Monday afternoon, police had arrested Tyron and charged him with Logan's death.

Seabrook's mother was baffled by the arrest.

"We got 60 people saying he didn't do it, and just one person say he did it, and they made an arrest," Pamela Bass said.

After Logan's sister said in court Tuesday that Seabrook was not her brother's killer, police rechecked their investigation.

Wednesday morning Evangelous said the key witness recanted his statement. Due to the lack of evidence, District Attorney Ben David dropped all charges against Seabrook. About an hour later, Seabrook was out of jail.

His new wife rejoiced in the good news. She says she's already forgiven police and is ready to put this behind her.

"I'm just glad that today everything is over with, and my husband can come home to me," Trinetta said.

We tried to talk with Tyron Seabrook, but he has not yet gotten back to us.

Chief Evangelous says his officers did their job properly and thought they had the right man.

David says while it was the right thing to release Seabrook, he still could be charged if new evidence emerges.

Anyone with information on Logan's murder is asked to contact Wilmington Police by phone or remain anonymous by using Text-A-Tip.

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From someone who has worked

From someone who has worked these cases from the other side(PI working for criminal defense attorneys)most of the time the police do a good job. I have worked a few cases where I have found evidence that has exonerated a few clients. I will say that the investigators in Brunswick county have been much more willing to speak with me about their cases than in New Hanover probably because I have noticed their investigations are of better quality and they do not worry about me looking at their findings.

Too many unanswered questions ...

If it's true that "60 people" know that this perp is not responsible for the murder, then wouldn't that imply that they also know who IS responsible?

Why did the witness recant their account of what happened? Were they threatened by the perp and/or his family for coming forward? If they did indeed lie, are they going to be charged with hindering the investigation?

Judging from the perp's sordid rap sheet, he certainly appears capable of committing such a serious crime.

OMFG! PLEASE tell me you are

OMFG! PLEASE tell me you are NOT a police officer responsible for my and my family's safety.
The "60 people" could possibly have been at the WEDDING? Now, that would "imply" they all saw him there. Couldn't THAT be the case Officer Windy Fife? (Sorry Barney, I know even a fictitious cop would be smarter than ole windy here).
Maybe the witness IS the murderer and recanted his story before the "PERP" (oh man, I am laughing so hard right now) could prove his innocence and the police had to start looking elsewhere?
I'm just impressed that you at least could spell and use (correctly) the word "sordid" in a sentence.
Hush now, and go back to your CSI marathon.
"PERP" LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

Second Major Incident???

"This is the second major incident inside the Wilmington Police Department......."

This is NOT a Wilmington Police Department "incident". The detectives followed the evidence and acted, appropriately, with that evidence. A, portion, of that evidence was a liar and, when that was discovered, it was dealt with.

WWAY needs to stop trying to create "major incidents" and stick to, basic, journalism or "cut & paste" jobs from other media outlets.

Wilmington Observer

Wrong

I have worked a few homicides and you do not arrest someone just on the word one other person, especially in that neighborhood.Bring them in for questioning yes arrest no

WPD MAKE A MISTAKE?????

ITS ACTUALLY A THIRD MAJOR MISTAKE WPD HAS MADE IN A SHORT TIME, AND I AM QUITE SURE THERE ARE MORE OUT THERE.I ONLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT ONE DAY I CAN TELL WHAT THEY DID TO MY FAMILY AND I, AND IM SURPRISED THAT THEY DID NOT HARASS, THREATEN AND INTIMIDATE SOMEONE INTO MAKING UP A STORY TO COVER THEIR BUTTS AND TRY TO MAKE A CASE AS THEY SO OFTEN DO. AT LEAST THIS MAN DID NOT SPEND YEARS IN JAIL AWAITING AN UNKNOWN FATE DUE TO BEING FALSELY ACCUSED OF SUCH A CRIME, EVEN THOUGH THE MEDIA HAS MADE MUD OF HIM, BY REPORTING "FACTS FROM A SOLID SOURCE", AS USUAL, ONE SIDE TOLD, THEN SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. ONCE YOU GET "MARKED" EVEN IF THEY DISMISS THE CASE, HIS LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. AT LEAST HIS FAMILY GOT AN APOLOGY, MORE THAN I GOT. I ONLY PRAY THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE WILL SEE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE SITTING IN THE DEFENDANTS PLACE WHEN THEY GET SUED AND FORCED OUT OF OFFICE OR BETTER SPEND SOME TIME IN JAIL FOR A LANDSLIDE OF CHARGES.THEN WWAY, PERHAPS YOU COULD REPORT "THOSE FACTS".MAY GOD BLESS ALL.

You blame the police and the media for his record?

The WPD arrested Tyrone based on eyewitness accounts. The eyewitnesses just forgot to have their last eye exam completed. The WPD did the right thing and allowed him to go free after all was sorted out and the "witnesses" pulled their lies in.

Now for your major point of the media making "mud of him" and "marked" him? You are so full of it your eyes are brown! Tyrone has accumulated a total of 3 felony and 22 misdeamnor CONVICTIONS. Do you have a simple clue as to what that does to ones reputation and ability to get a job? Tyrone has mad MUD of himself. Tyrone has limited his possibilty for success by HIS OWN decisions to perform as a lifelong criminal. Not one single once of responsibility lies on the shoulders of the WPD or the media for Tyrone's reputation OR his extensive criminal record!

You have a huge chip on your shoulder amd likely have a crowded rap sheet as well.

Typing Class

Guest-o-matic needs to sign up for a typing class at CFCC or maybe a spelling class... At least Tyrone can spell!

Like everyone else in this

Like everyone else in this world, Guest-o-matic is human and subject to make mistakes. I bet you've even made a mistake or two in your lifetime.

Siustah, he doesn't need to. An admin does it for him...

...and by the way, your punctuation ain't lookin' so good eether!

That's all you've got there

That's all you've got there Sister? Three missed key strokes? This makes you the spelling police? You don't get out much do you? Poor thing!
And, WOW, to the person above with the caps. Have you ever heard the phrase "thou dost protest too much"? (and EASY Sister, "dost" IS spelled correctly)! You typed all that and DIDN'T share what the awful policemen did to you? Uh-huh, no shocker there. Oh wait, I know, you can't say because they'll know who you are and come and perform their "police brutality" on you won't they? ROFL!
Look, the law is the law. There was a murder, an eye witness pointed out a suspect and the police HAVE TO arrest him. (What if it was YOUR family member who was killed)??? The witness recanted and the police HAVE to let him go. Stop looking at the law with your opinions and look at it realistically.
Sister, give people a break once in awhile. We're ALL human and we ALL make mistakes.

Seriously WWAY?

Shame on WWAY for reporting this the way you did. You make it sound like WPD intentionally arrested the wrong man, only to let him go. This is not a "major incident" as you put it; 2 very different situations indeed. One 1 hand, you had Detectives intentionally go out of the way to make cases and arrest people for prostitution activities, all the while ignoring their professional behavior. In this instance, a witness provided testimony which led to the standard of "probable cause" being met in the arrest of Tyrone Seabrook. Said witness had a change of heart and told detectives they lied for whatever reason. Did they have a beef with Mr. Seabrook and where bent on revenge? Where they looking for their 15 mins of fame? Did someone threaten them after the fact and tell them to tell police they lied? Who knows, but the fact of the matter is Mr. Seabrook was arrested after PC was established by an alleged independent witness. Unlike the prostitution case, the Detectivis did not fabricate this but rather the witness did. Probable Cause is what is needed for arrest, plain and simple and they were going off the information that was given to them. They didn't wait to drop charges later, which would have made it look like they were hiding something, they immediatley approached the DA and made the request to have the charges dropped. That shows credibility to the Detectives and to the Department. Shame on WWAY for linking the 2 instances, totally irrelevant to each other. Kudos to WPD for doing the right thing early on, I only wish WWAY would learn to do the same thing.

The District Attorney "only

The District Attorney "only had minutes to prepare for the case".
A sad excuse when another human being's life is literally at stake. Hopefully this does not represent business as usual.
Maybe some commentors from the previous story that were so happy a murderer had been taken off the streets will take a moment to utilize their presumed intellects and rethink their enthusiasm for the rush to action.

Sorry but this probably IS

Sorry but this probably IS "business as usual at WPD and the DA's office", and it might happen more often than you think. No telling how many innocent people are sitting in jail right now just so they, the WPD and the DA's office, could close a case.

At least the WPD was honest

At least the WPD was honest enough to admit to the situation. Sometimes factors change. Seeing Tyron's criminal past, I hope my tax dollars are not being paid to supplement a woman beating, thief, with a drug history, to live around children, in Hillcrest.

You can have all the "Prayer Marches Against Violence" you want. As long as we pay for lazy, deadbeat, criminal- sponges, to live in housing communities, the worse its going to get.

So what if the WPD was

So what if the WPD was honest enough to admit the situation. If their so called witness, if they ever actually had one, had not recanted your tax money would be paying for an innocent man to be housed in a state prison for life....what you consider to be your precious tax dollars could have even been paying for the execution on an innocent man, is that what you really want just because someone has criminal history, you seem to be more concerned about a tax dollar than a human life.

How can we clean Hillcrest,

How can we clean Hillcrest, when it's a free crib, for criminals, like this ? You can't have it both ways.

Hey! Stuff happens!

Sorry Ol' Tyrone had to go through this, but hopefully it'll be a HUGE wakeup call for him and he'll change his career path from criminal to being a productive citizen. Just learn to stay away from trouble!

"just learn to stay away

"just learn to stay away from trouble" Apparently he did stay awayfrom trouble, that's why they're releasing him. That was just plain old ignorance talking buddy

Look at his record

that was not ignorance talking. That was sound advice being given.

"Ignorance talking"? Hardly so Buckwheet.

With Tyrone's extensive criminal record, he has a VERY difficult time staying away from trouble and I'll betcha he'll add to that record over time. With 25 criminal convictions sitting on his slate, it's highly unlikely Tyrone will be able to jump off that train!