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Asheboro’s Branson Raye Lambert charged in Dillion Zayne Wirt’s death; Jessica Lynn Loflin also arrested

Branson Raye Lambert (©New River Valley Jail)

Branson Raye Lambert (©New River Valley Jail)

Branson Raye Lambert, 21, has been charged in the death of Dillion Zayne Wirt, 23. They are both from Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina, United States.

Lambert is accused of killing Wirt on the early morning of February 7, 2021. Authorities are still searching for the victim’s body at the former Glendon Pyrophyllite Rock Quarry in Moore County.

In the evening, Virginia State Police officered arrested Lambert and his fellow Asheboro resident Jessica Lynn Loflin, 36, at a gas station in Virginia, USA, My Fox 8 reported. Also known as Jessica Lynn Law, the latter was charged with accessory after the fact.

Loflin and Lambert are being held in the New River Valley Jail in Dublin, Virginia. They are expected to be extradited to North Carolina.

Jessica Lynn Loflin (©New River Valley Jail)

Jessica Lynn Loflin (©New River Valley Jail)

On May 26, 2001, Loflin was arrested and charged with intoxicated and disruptive behavior and simple assault, according to Greensboro News and Record. She was 16 years old at the time.

On September 23, 2019, Wirt was fined $512.50 in court costs and $1,327.36 in restitution and was sentenced to 45 days suspended sentence in Randolph County Jail and 12 months supervised probation and required to obtain substance abuse assessment. He was found guilty of misdemeanor possession of stolen property, The Courier-Tribune reported.

Moreover, Wirt was found guilty of misdemeanor second-degree trespassing, fined $225 in court costs and sentenced to 10 days suspended sentence in Randolph County Jail and 12 months supervised probation. He was arrested again in Rowan, North Carolina on September 28, 2020 and on November 16, 2020.

On August 2, 2020, Lambert was arrested, charged with misdemeanor assault on a government official, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor injury to personal property and given a $5,000 bond, The Courier-Tribune reported. He was a resident of Farmer Court, Denton, North Carolina at the time.

When Lambert made his first court appearance on August 3, 2020, he refused to cooperate with commands and spat at Randolph County Detention Center staff. He was charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner and given an additional secured bond of $15,000.

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