North Carolina Man Who Allegedly Axe-Murdered Dad And Wife Fled, Arrested In L.A.

A toddler was left alone in the home with two dead bodies.

By Gina Tron

A North Carolina man charged with the death of his wife and father was arrested in Los Angeles on Saturday. According to 38-year-old Michael Allen Joyner abandoned his car at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and fled the state by plane.

Los Angeles Police arrested Joyner at a home in San Pedro, almost 24 hours after his family members were found dead at his Wilson, North Carolina home. The bodies of his wife and father were found Friday evening.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office charged Joyner with two counts of murder in the death of his wife and father: Michelle Joyner, 36, and Dennis Ray Joyner, 63. Joyner's child, a toddler, was also inside the home. Officials said the toddler was locked inside one of the home's bedrooms. The toddler was not injured, and was placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services according to ABC 11.

“This incident appears to be domestic in nature with an ax being the choice of weapon use to facilitate this crime," said Sheriff Woodard. "We were able to locate his vehicle as well as gather intelligence as to his whereabouts in California. We are now awaiting the extradition results so that this suspect can be brought back to Wilson County to face these charges.”

Michael Allen Joyner is in the Los Angeles County Jail, awaiting extradition.

[Photo of Michael courtesy of the Los Angeles County Jail. Photo of Michelle courtesy of Facebook]

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