A Statesville man has been indicted on charges of murder more than four months after a motorcycle crash that killed a Mooresville woman.
Arrest reports from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office indicate 56-year-old Steven Ray Shrewsbury was arrested at his home in the 100 block of Sebastian Lane on Tuesday after a grand jury issued a true-bill indictment for second-degree murder.
Shrewsbury was taken to the Wilkes County Jail the same day as his arrest, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office reported. He received a $750,000 secured bond.
Capt. Jason Delbert with the Wilkesboro Police Department said the district attorney decided to pursue murder charges after reviewing toxicology reports from the fatal crash in June.
On June 21, Shrewsbury was charged with felony death by vehicle, DWI, driving while license revoked and failure to maintain lane control. He initially received a $25,000 on the charges and posted bail three days after his arrest.
An accident report filed by Wilkesboro Officer Dallas Wyatt said Shrewsbury was operating a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and traveling east on U.S. 421 the evening of the crash. The report stated the bike ran off the left side of the road and the driver was unable to maintain control, causing the bike to roll onto its side while going nearly 60 mph.
Passenger Lisa Anne Stewart, 48, of Lakeland Drive, Mooresville, was ejected from the bike and hit a guardrail more than 100 feet from where she was thrown, the report stated. The report added that the bike came to rest around 500 feet from where it initially ran off the road.
Stewart was transported by EMS to Wilkes Medical Center and was later flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she died.
Wyatt said in his reports that Shrewsbury appeared to be intoxicated, noting his slurred speech and watery eyes.
The report also states that Shrewsbury gave conflicting statements to authorities.
Wyatt’s said that Shrewsbury was taken to Wilkes Medical Center, where he recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. Shrewsbury refused medical treatment and signed himself out of the hospital, Wyatt stated in the report.
He was then placed under arrest.
State records show Shrewsbury has a criminal history involving possession of drug paraphernalia, DWI, two counts of driving while license revoked and resisting an officer.
He is scheduled to appear in Wilkes County District Court on Jan. 13.