4/23/19 UPDATE, IN CUSTODY! Man sought for Auburn murder in custody


Christopher Bernard Lyles.

By WSFA Staff

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) – A suspect wanted in an Auburn homicide has been taken into custody.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office app, Christopher Bernard Lyles, 48, was taken into custody and charged with murder.

The murder charges are related to an incident which happened Sunday in the 400 block of White Street around 1 a.m. When officers arrived at the home, they found the victim, 59-year-old Phyllis Gulatte dead. She had been stabbed, Auburn police say.

An investigation by police led them to identify Lyles as the suspect. Police believe the stabbing happened after Lyles and Gulatte were engaged in an altercation.

At the time of the homicide, police say Lyles was on parole for a 2008 assault, which he committed while on parole for robbery, second degree assault and discharging a firearm conviction from 1992. He was sentenced to 30 years for the 1992 convictions and 16 years for the 2008 conviction.

Auburn police say they had requested Lyles not be granted parole for the 2008 offense.

Gulatte’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for a postmortem exam.

Lyles was transported to the Lee County Detention Facility. A bond amount is not known at this time.