UNION COUNTY — A Union man has been charged with providing a convicted felon the gun that was used in the Nov. 19 shooting death of their stepmother.
In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that earlier that day investigators with his office arrested Timothy Jay Tyler, 34, 1211 River Road, Union. Taylor said that Timothy Tyler is charged with delivery of a pistol to a convicted felon for providing Ashley Tyler with a Tanfoglio GT32 automatic pistol. He said the gun was provided to Ashley Tyler by Timothy Tyler through Dabriada Alman.
Taylor said that Ashley Tyler is a convicted felon and therefore is not legally permitted to possess firearms. He said this is also why Timothy Tyler is charged with two additional counts of delivery of a pistol to a convicted felon. In those instances, Taylor said Timothy Tyler provided Ashley Tyler with a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum and a Smith & Wesson Model 686.
Ashley Tyler, 40, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with failure to register as a sex offender, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and murder.
Dabriada Alman, 40, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with transferring a weapon to a convicted felon and accessory after the fact of murder.
The murder charge against Ashley Tyler, the accessory charge against Dabriada Alman, and the weapons charges against both of them were filed by the sheriff’s office in connection with the Nov. 19 shooting death of Rebecca W. Tyler, 61, 1303 River Road. Rebecca W. Tyler was found dead in her home around 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 having been shot once in the brain, once in the heart and once in the abdomen.
In announcing Timothy Tyler’s arrest, Taylor said that the Tanfoglio GT32 automatic pistol he is charged with providing Ashely Tyler with through Dabriada Alman is the one that was used to kill Rebecca Tyler.
Ashely Tyler is a stepson of Rebecca Tyler and Dabriada Alman is her niece. Taylor said that Timothy Tyler is also a stepson of Rebecca Tyler.
The arrest of Ashley Tyler and Dabriada Alman was announced by Taylor during a Dec. 1 press conference in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Courthouse. Taylor said at the time that investigators had initially sought to contact Ashley Tyler to question him about when was the last time he’d seen and spoken with his stepmother. Those initial efforts were unsuccessful as investigators were unable to locate Ashley Tyler.
Ashley Tyler had been living at 2206 Lockhart Highway, but Taylor said investigators were unable to find him there over the course of three days. Taylor said during the press conference that Ashley Tyler is a registered sex offender and is required by law to notify law enforcement any time he changes his place of residence. He said that because of this Capt. James McNeil of the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for Ashley Tyler’s arrest for failure to register as a sex offender.
Efforts to locate Ashley Tyler continued to be unsuccessful until Nov. 30 when Taylor said he received a phone call informing him that Tyler was at the residence of his daughter in Fountain Inn. Taylor said he then contacted Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain and asked for assistance in taking Ashley Tyler into custody. He said that Tyler was taken into custody that day by Laurens County deputies who kept him in custody until he and two deputies arrived to take him back to Union County.
Dabriada Alman, who Taylor said is Ashley Tyler’s girlfriend, was not taken into custody at that time, but was asked to return to Union County for questioning. Taylor said she did so and after she and Ashley Tyler were questioned by investigators was subsequently arrested and charged as well.
Taylor declined to give a motive for the killing of Rebecca W. Tyler beyond saying that robbery was not involved and there was no sign of forced entry to her home. He also declined to give further details as the incident is still under investigation by his office and SLED which has been given the evidence gathered at the crime scene for analysis.
On Tuesday, Taylor again declined to give a motive for the killing, saying that the incident is still under investigation.
Shortly after the press conference in which their arrests were announced, Ashley Tyler and Dabriada Alman both went before Union County Magistrate Jeff Bailey for a bond hearing. Bailey denied bond all charges for both Tyler and Alman and set their initial appearance in court for Jan. 26, 2016 and their appearance in General Sessions Court for Feb. 1, 2016. Ashley Tyler and Dabriada Alman remain in custody in the Union County Jail as they await their scheduled court appearances.
Union County Chief Magistrate Jimmy Crocker said Wednesday morning that Timothy Tyler went before Magistrate Whitney Smith for a bond hearing at the Union County Jail Tuesday evening. Crocker said that Smith granted Timothy Tyler a $6,000 personal recognizance bond which allowed Tyler to sign himself out of jail. He said that personal recognizance bonds are issued to individuals who are not considered to be a danger to the community and/or a flight risk and will show up for their scheduled court date.
Crocker said that Timothy Tyler is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Feb. 1, 2016.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.