Police have charged a man and a woman in connection with the Oct. 23 home-invasion killings of a Lake Wylie couple just months after they had been robbed at gunpoint at their Charlotte mattress store, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant said Friday.
Doug London, 63, and Debbie London, 61, were shot inside their home on a dead-end road in an exclusive lakefront neighborhood. The crime stunned the community and had gone unsolved for months.
York County deputies and federal agents investigated both the murders and the May 24 robbery of the Wholesale Mattress Warehouse, but never said the crimes were linked.
The two people are being held without bond, Bryant said.
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The killings happened around 8:30 p.m Oct. 23, but until today police had not released any information - not even an incident report - about the killings or any potential connection to the Charlotte robbery, during which Doug London shot one of his assailants.
Also this week, David Lee Fudge, one of the defendants in the robbery who already had pleaded guilty in a North Carolina court, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on robbery and weapons charges in connection with the same robbery. Court documents describe Fudge as a "high_ranking member" of the Bloods gang.
Fudge, 21, who pleaded guilty to being the getaway driver in the robbery, received probation and no prison time. He admitted he has "affiliation" with the Bloods, federal court records show, and is being held without bond at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jail.
Fudge was on electronic monitoring and probation since his sentencing last year.
Local and federal investigators have declined to say since October why the FBI became interested in the May robbery after the Londons were killed in October, and whether there is any connection between the robbery and the killings.
Family members of the Londons have said Doug London died with a gun in his hand defending his family. The couple's adult son, Daniel London, was at home at the time of the crime. He was unhurt and called 911, police said.
Just days after the Londons were killed, the FBI and federal prosecutors indicted the two other robbery suspects - brothers Jamell Cureton, 22, and Nana Adoma, 19. They are charged with robbery in May, and have been in the Mecklenburg County jail without bond since then. Cureton’s lawyer said in late 2014 that Cureton had no role in the killings because he was in jail at the time the Londons were killed.
Police say Cureton confessed to playing a role in the robbery. Adoma admitted to police he was the lookout in the robbery, court documents allege. Both remain jailed without bond.
During the robbery, Doug London shot Cureton after Cureton shot at him, according to court and police documents.
All three assailants were arrested after police were called when Cureton was seeking medical treatment for his gunshot wounds at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.