Raleigh hotel murder suspect charged in October rape, robbery

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wake County man charged in the double killing at a Raleigh hotel last week is also now charged in an October rape and robbery of a Kentucky woman.

Seaga Edward Gillard, 28, is charged with murder in the December 2 death of April Lynn Holland, 22, who was found shot to death at the America’s Best Value Inn on Arrow Drive.

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Warrants issued Tuesday show Gillard has also been charged with first-degree forcible rape, first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, first-degree forcible sex offense and robbery with a dangerous weapon stemming from an October 28 incident in Morrisville.

Warrants say Gillard used a phone cord to choke a Kentucky woman during a sexual assault.

Gillard also used a handgun to rob the woman of her wallet, cell phone, ID and $200, warrants show.

Gillard was arrested December 3 in connection with Holland’s death. He is being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

Police said Holland and 28-year-old Dwayne Garvey were shot to death in at the hotel near Crabtree Valley Mall.

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Raleigh police are looking for 29-year-old Brandon Xavier Hill in connection with Garvey’s death.

Hill led officers on a chase that began on I-540 in Raleigh around 3 a.m. December 3 and ended when he jumped out of the vehicle and ran in Durham County, officials said.

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