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21-year-old Bedford man was friends with 18-year-old man he’s charged with killing, police say

Authorities were alerted to the man’s body on Wednesday morning

Mugshot of Tyler Lee Booth, taken on July 23, 2021.
Mugshot of Tyler Lee Booth, taken on July 23, 2021. (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

BEDFORD, Va. – A Bedford murder suspect and his victim were friends, according to the Bedford Police Department.

On Friday, authorities arrested Tyler Lee Booth on a count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Braeden Michael Bailey.

Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman told 10 News on Monday that no knives or guns were involved in connection with the alleged crime.

Bailey’s death is the town’s second homicide in a month.

Foreman said the first was an accidental shooting.


ORIGINAL STORY

A 21-year-old Bedford man is in custody after police say he killed another man earlier this week.

On July 21, at about 7 a.m., Bedford police responded to the 1100 block of Pinecrest Avenue for a reported unresponsive man.

First responders arrived to find that the man, later identified as 18-year-old Braeden Michael Bailey, of Bedford County, was dead.

Bailey’s death was determined to have been caused by some type of trauma to his head, according to the Bedford Police Department.

On Friday, authorities arrested Tyler Lee Booth on a count of second-degree murder in connection with Bailey’s death.

Police said he was taken into custody without incident and is now being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.


About the Author:

Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.