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FULL INTERVIEW with Phillip Stroupe I, father of accused killer

On July 24, we spoke with Phillip Stroupe I, father of the man charged with killing Thomas Bryson. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

On July 24, we spoke with Phillip Stroupe I, father of the man charged with killing Thomas Bryson.

On August 1, the elder Stroupe was charged with being an accessory after the fact to Bryson's murder.

Stroupe Sr. spoke with News 13 when authorities were still searching for his son in Pisgah National Forest as part of a massive manhunt involving multiple agencies. In our interview, he pleaded for his son to turn himself in, and said that Phillip Stroupe II was not a danger to the public.

"He don't look good because of all the tattoos, but I really don't think he's a danger to the public. He has had opportunities to be violent, and he hasn't been," Phillip told News 13 at the time.

Authorities would later accuse Phillip Stroupe II of kidnapping and murdering Bryson while Stroupe II was on the run. District Attorney Greg Newman says Stroupe Sr. had information that would have helped law enforcement locate Thomas Bryson.

On July 24, Phillip said he had spent the last two days at an overlook just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, saying he needed to be close to the search in case law enforcement officers locate his son.

"I cannot sit and procrastinate. I've got to be here," Phillip said. "That's my blood down there. I am worried, very worried."

The younger Stroupe currently faces more than a dozen charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Jennifer Hawkins, Frederick Badgero and Larry Hawkins III are also accused of helping Stroupe II avoid arrest during the manhunt. All three also face charges of felony accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

The senior Stroupe is also charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree kidnapping, and at last check was being held on a $750,000 bond.




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