When the police arrest someone on a homicide charge for a recent event to which there were no witnesses, it’s reasonable to question the details and validity of the arrest. That may be the situation developing in the recent violent crime arrest of a 21-year-old man as a suspect in the murder of a 42-year-old North Carolina man in his home a few days earlier. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced that they arrested the man without incident.
The suspect was incarcerated at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County jail on murder charges. The killing was described by police as a home invasion and murder taking place in the deceased man’s home in northwest Charlotte. Police officers at the scene said that three men entered the victim’s house and a struggle occurred during which the man was shot and killed.
The other persons in the home were sleeping at the time of the shooting, according to police statements. The police are asking anyone with information on this violent crime to call and talk directly with a homicide detective. The details of what transpired are at this point admittedly scarce, and it appears that there were no witnesses to the event other than victim and the three intruders.
Without further facts pointing to the suspect’s guilt, questions arise regarding the strength of the arrest. It appears that the police are either proceeding on suspicion or rumor only, or that they have unreported facts pointing to this man’s guilt. Perhaps they received a call pointing to this man. It may even be possible that the victim lived long enough to identify him. A violent crime suspect in North Carolina or anywhere else under these circumstances will want to quickly consult with defense counsel to determine what the evidence is against him, and whether any options are immediately available.
Source: wmbfnews.com, “Police make arrest in fatal shooting in NW Charlotte,” April 14, 2013