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Victim's widow links him to suspected killers

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Maria and Sean Dinneen Maria and Sean Dinneen
From left: Kayla Williams, Tavish Yeargin and Nyia Utsey (Buncombe County Detention Center) From left: Kayla Williams, Tavish Yeargin and Nyia Utsey (Buncombe County Detention Center)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they've caught up with the three suspects accused of killing an Upstate man, stealing his car, and robbing a bank.  

Thursday, all three are behind bars, more than 90 minutes away from where it all began.

Gov. Nikki Haley may have to get involved to bring two of the suspects back to South Carolina, since they were found in Buncombe County, NC,

It all started in Pickens County last Saturday, where deputies say Sean Dinneen was killed, in the parking lot of the Crosswell Baptist Church. There, his car was stolen.

Days later, Spartanburg officers said the three were involved in a bank robbery at the BB&T Bank on N. Church Street.

Then, Asheville Police said they captured them more than 60 miles from where it all happened, at a hotel there.

Kayla Williams, Tavish Yeargin, and his sister Nyia Utsey were arrested Wednesday night. Officials said Utsey's baby was in the hotel room, and is now in state custody.

Pickens County Sheriff's deputies said they're still interviewing and continuing their investigation, but they don't expect more arrests.

FOX Carolina had the only cameras in Asheville on Thursday morning as Yeargin and his sister, Nyia Utsey, chose to fight extradition to South Carolina.

Utsey's friend Kayla Williams, also accused of taking her grandfather's car without permission and using it in the crime spree, waived extradition. She will be brought back to Pickens County within 10 days.

Williams' mom is trying to come to grips with what happened.

"Dad went and bought Kayla the car for Kayla to go back and forth to work and everything," said Williams' mother. "She just, I don't know if someone swayed Kayla in doing what Kayla did. But Kayla went on the wrong track after she got the car."

FOX Carolina spoke with the widow of the man killed, and she uncovered new details about the connection he had to the suspects.

Maria and Sean Dinneen married in 2009, after they met on an Internet dating site. Maria lives in the Philippines, and has been waiting for her spousal visa to move to the States.

Maria said she is shocked about what happened, and that her husband was a good man, who allowed himself to mix with people "that do really bad things to him."

She said her husband knew Yeargin and Utsey, that they used to live with him. She said when Sean left for Iraq with the National Guard more than a year ago, Yeargin stole from Dinneen.

"When they left my husband, and our house, there in South Carolina," said Maria. "He took some stuff of my husband's the car. They are really bad people."

Maria Dinneen said her husband would get depressed but let Yeargin's actions slide. She said she wants justice.

Pickens County Sheriff's officials said money is the likely motive in all of this.

Maria Dinneen said that Sean's brother is setting up a funeral for him in Portland, OR, where they are from. She hoped her spousal visa comes through, so she can say goodbye one last time.

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