Hillsborough, NC (November 4, 2020) – After consultation with the District Attorney, investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office charged Tyler Lloyd Grantz, 21, with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the death of Maurice Antoine King, 35, earlier this year. Both men were inmates in the county detention center at the time of King’s death.
Grantz and King had an altercation in King’s cell at approximately 6:35 pm on March 4, 2020. King asked for his asthma inhaler shortly after 8:00 pm. He made no other complaint. Detention officers later took King to see medical staff who called for Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics transported him to the hospital where King lost consciousness. Medical personnel pronounced him dead at 10:22 pm.
King was a federal inmate in the detention center pursuant to an agreement between Orange County and the US Marshals.
Grantz has been in custody since his arrest on March 5, 2019 when he was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, and carry/use, by discharging firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Those arrests followed a series of events beginning with Grantz firing at a North Carolina State trooper who attempted to pull him over for speeding. At that time, Grantz, who was operating a stolen vehicle, crashed near the New Hope exit off I-40 and fled on foot into the woods after firing again at the approaching trooper.
After a manhunt that lasted several hours, authorities arrested Grantz more than three miles away from the crash site. He was in possession of an assault rifle and distribution quantities of cocaine hydrochloride and oxycodone. He also had other controlled substances, a large amount of cash, drug packaging materials, and digital scales with him.
Grantz was convicted of those crimes following a three day trial in February of 2020. United States District Court Judge William L. Osteen sentenced Grantz to 30 years in prison on September 18 and he remains in the Orange County Detention Center awaiting transfer to federal prison. Osteen also sentenced Grantz to fiveyears of supervised release to follow his active sentence.
Grantz has a court appearance scheduled in the involuntary manslaughter case on November 9 at 9:00 am.