Trenton man, 19, indicted in his aunt's murder


Joshua Brandon Dyar

Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 12:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 12:53 p.m.

The 19-year-old Trenton man accused of strangling his aunt to death because she wanted him to get a job has been indicted for first-degree murder.

Joshua Brandon Dyar was also indicted by the Gilchrist County grand jury on charges of grant theft auto and petty theft in connection with the Feb. 10 death of Tracey J. Smith, 45. State Attorney Bill Cervone said he does not plan to seek the death penalty for Dyar because he "has no criminal record to warrant a death penalty."

Smith's friend found her dead inside her home at 5939 S.E. 57th Court on the east side of Gilchrist County. Sheriff's Office investigators said Smith's hands and legs had been bound with an electrical cord and a plastic bag had been taped over her head. A preliminary autopsy report indicated she died of manual strangulation.

Dyar, who had periodically lived at Smith's home, was arrested in Treutlen County, Ga., where he was found driving his aunt Tracey J. Smith's missing Jeep five days after her death was discovered. He was arrested and returned to Gilchrist County, where he has since been held at the jail.

In Dyar's arrest report, investigators said he claimed he strangled Smith with his bare hands.

"Dyar admitted to attempting to stage the murder as a burglary by tying up Smith's body," the report stated. He reportedly said he put a bag over her head because he didn't want to see her face. Investigators said Dyar and Smith had been arguing because she wanted him to find a job.

A trial date had not been set by Monday afternoon.

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