A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Tre Cortez Barber, a 19-year-old accused of first-degree murder and robbery after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Barber was 17 years old when he was arrested in December 2010 in connection with the killing of Chaufa Ande Johnson, who had recently graduated from East Meck High. Barber’s trial was held from March 4 through March 12, and Superior Court Judge H. William Constangy declared a mistrial on Tuesday.
The killing happened in east Charlotte a few days before Christmas in 2010. Police responded to a shooting around 4:45 p.m. on Winged Elm Court in the parking lot of the Forest Ridge Apartments off Albemarle Road.
When officers arrived, they found Johnson with a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Paramedics transported the 18-year-old to Carolinas Medical Center, where she died.
Witnesses told police an altercation occurred in the parking lot before the shooting.
Police say Barber and Johnson, who knew each other, were in the parking lot when Barber pulled a handgun on Johnson.
Barber shot her once in the abdomen and took something from her as she lay on the ground, police say. Then police say he fled in a burgundy Ford Taurus.
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