News Release Update

May 20, 2004 (11 AM)


Arrestee: Carolyn Futrell W/F – 33 yoa
333 Futrell Loop Rd
Richlands, NC

Charges: Murder
Felony Child Abuse

Bond: Not Allowed

Victim: Kayla Allen W/F – 7 yoa

This morning approximately 8:15 AM, May 20, 2004, Carolyn Ann Futrell was arrested for murder in the homicide of her 7-year-old stepdaughter Kayla Allen, which occurred on August 24, 2003. Detective Tom Robinson was assigned the investigation on that day. Detective Robinson has worked with Assistant District Attorney Ernie Lee and Mike Maultsby for the last 9 months on this case. Many other government officials and private sector officials have also been involved in this investigation. On Monday, May 17, 2004 Detective Robinson received a major piece of evidence in this murder. Yesterday May 19, 2004, Detective Robinson spent more than 4 hours presenting his investigative evidence to District Attorney Dewey Hudson, Ernie Lee, Mike Maultsby and myself. The District Attorney’s Office and I were completely convinced Detective Robinson presented a clear case of murder against Carolyn Ann Futrell for the death of Kayla Allen. The method of murder was an insecticide poison imploded into the body of 7-year-old Kayla Allen.

On Sunday morning at 11:13 AM on August 24, 2003 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 333 Futrell Loop Rd to investigate the suspicious death of 7-year-old Kayla Allen. Evidence Technicians and Detectives also responded as Onslow County Sheriff’s Office policy requires. Kayla Allen was immediately transported by Onslow EMS to Onslow Memorial Hospital. While searching the residence at 333 Futrell Loop Road where Kayla died they discovered a suspicious liquid in Kayla’s bedroom. The suspicious liquid was out of eyes view. Other suspicious items were also retrieved during the search. On Monday, August 25, 2003 an autopsy was conducted by the medical examiner at Onslow Memorial Hospital. During that autopsy it was discovered that Kayla’s stomach was filled with a liquid that had the same odor as the liquid found in Kayla’s bedroom. Since the autopsy Detective Robinson has step-by-step meticulously investigated this case. Detective Robinson has not allowed emails or any other influences to distract his focus. That was clear in his presentation yesterday.

The above news release was posted on website on May 20, 2004, by Reporter, Tre Benson of Blue Line Radio