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Should these murder suspects have been free?

Half of the roughly 300 people charged with murder in Mecklenburg County since 2015 had prior weapons charges. Prosecutors dismissed most of those charges.

For 28 of those murder suspects, a conviction on an earlier weapons charge — rather than a dismissal — would have put them in prison at the time of the killing.

Prosecutors say they often have to dismiss cases due to insufficient evidence, including witnesses who aren’t credible, who can’t be found or who refuse to testify.

Here are the 28 suspects:

Suspect: Algia Clark

Number of weapons charges: 12

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Algia Clark Mecklenburg County Sheriff'

Number dismissed: 9

Number pending: 2

Number guilty: 1

Date of homicide: Aug. 20, 2019

Who he is charged with murdering: A’mari McCaskill

Details: Mecklenburg prosecutors had two chances to send Clark to prison for years. In 2017, prosecutors dismissed Clark’s armed robbery charge, winning a conviction on a lesser charge. Clark got out of prison in November 2018. A month later, he was charged with another robbery. Prosecutors dismissed that charge. A conviction on either armed robbery charge would have landed Clark in prison for more than three years. Clark is charged with shooting and killing McCaskill in August.

Suspect: Edward Garner

Number of weapons charges: 6

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Edward Garner Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 3

Number pending: 3

Date of homicide: Aug. 12, 2019

Who he is charged with murdering: Aiesha Shantel Summers and an unborn child

Details: In 2017, police charged Garner with discharging a weapon into occupied property. A year later, Mecklenburg prosecutors dropped the charge. Had he been found guilty of discharging the weapon, Garner likely would have been sentenced to at least 20 months in prison because he had prior felony convictions — a factor that judges must consider in sentencing.

Suspect: Eddie Doh

Number of weapons charges: 13

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Eddie Doh Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number guilty: 2

Number pending: 9

Date of homicide: July 10, 2019

Who he is charged with murdering: Darnell Harris

Details: In 2011, police found 17-year-old Aerial Patterson dead in front of a vacant home in southwest Charlotte. Doh, then 23, was charged with first-degree murder. In 2013, prosecutors dismissed the murder charge and Doh was found guilty of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. He was released from prison in January about five months before being charged with killing Harris.

Suspect: Richard Grier

Number of weapons charges: 10

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Richard Grier Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number guilty: 5

Number not guilty: 1

Number archived: 1

Number pending: 1

Date of homicide: May 18, 2019

Who he is charged with murdering: Andrew Tyrelle Allen

Details: By 2013, Grier had been convicted of 19 felonies. Those convictions would have increased his prison time if he had been convicted in 2013 of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

Suspect: Juan Escalante

Number of weapon charges: 8

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Juan Escalante Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number pending: 6

Date of homicide: April 30, 2019

Who he is charged with murdering: Domingo Venancio-Tapia

Details: Less than a month after Mecklenburg prosecutors dismissed an armed robbery charge, Escalante and a co-defendant were charged with murdering Venancio-Tapia outside a South Boulevard restaurant. Two days after the shooting, police took Escalante into custody following an eight-hour SWAT standoff.

Suspect: Khdaius Marshall

Number of weapons charges: 7

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Khdaius Marshall Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 3

Number guilty: 2

Number pending: 2

Date of homicide: April 28, 2019

Who he was charged with murdering: Tyrena Inman

Details: Two months after prosecutors in Mecklenburg dropped an armed robbery charge, Marshall was charged with shooting and killing Inman in a southwest Charlotte hotel near the Billy Graham Parkway.

Suspect: Anthony Walker

Number of weapons charges: 11

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Anthony Walker Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 9

Number pending: 2

Date of homicide: April 28, 2019

Who he was charged with murdering: Daimeon Terrell Johnson

Details: Walker never went to trial on any of the nine gun charges he racked up from 2012 through 2018. All were dismissed. Those charges included three armed robberies in 2017, according to court documents. Had Walker been convicted of any of those armed robbery charges, he would have been incarcerated the day Johnson was shot and killed in Charlotte’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Suspect: Antoine Lamont Watkins

Number of weapons charges: 4

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Antoine Watkins Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 3

Number pending: 1

Date of homicide: Feb. 9, 2019

Who he was charged with murdering: Na-Zea Scott

Details: In 2016, Mecklenburg prosecutors dismissed Watkins’ major assault charge — assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. The charge carries a minimum of 3.5 years in prison. But Watkins was free on Feb. 9, 2019 — the day he is accused of shooting Na-Zea Scott in the neck outside of a southeast Charlotte apartment complex.

Suspect: Jamarkus Crawford

Number of weapons charges: 11

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Jamarcus Crawford Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 7

Number guilty: 2

Number pending: 2

Date of homicide: Feb. 20, 2019

Who he was charged with murdering: Titus Campbell

Details: Since 2010, police have charged Crawford with 11 weapons crimes, including felony possession of a firearm last year. Prosecutors dismissed that charge. Had Crawford been convicted, he would have been in prison in February, when he was charged with killing Campbell in west Charlotte.

Suspect: Kaila Carlissa Robinson

Number of weapons charges: 5

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Kaila Robinson Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 1

Number guilty: 1

Number pending: 3

Date of homicide: Jan. 12, 2019

Who she was charged with murdering: Jermaine Moore

Details: In 2017, Mecklenburg County prosecutors dismissed Robinson’s armed robbery charge. Less than a year and a half later, Robinson was charged with murder.

Suspect: Tyler Jordan Hokes

Number of weapons charges: 16

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Tyler Hokes Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 7

Number guilty: 2

Number pending: 7

Date of homicide: Jan. 1, 2019

Who he is charged with murdering: Carnis Ferdinand Poindexter

Details: Hokes was charged with armed robbery last October. But prosecutors dismissed that charge in December — less than a month before Poindexter’s death.

Suspect: Jamie Lloyd Harris

Number of weapons charges: 15

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Jamie Harris Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 5

Number guilty: 7

Number pending: 3

Date of homicide: Dec. 29, 2018

Who he was charged with murdering: John Michael Songer

Details: After serving time for armed robbery and second-degree murder, Harris was charged with armed robbery again in July 2018. But that charge was dismissed in September 2018. Three months later, Harris was charged with shooting and killing Songer at Smokey Joe’s Cafe on Monroe Road.

Suspect: Rodwyn Taylor

Number of weapons charges: 4

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Rodwyn Taylor Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 3

Number pending: 1

Date of homicide: July 16, 2018

Who he is charged with killing: Psi’keem Walker

Details: Less than two months before he was accused of killing Walker, Taylor had two gun charges dismissed by Mecklenburg prosecutors. One charge was attempted armed robbery. The second charge was possession of a firearm by a felon.

Suspect: Demahj Wright

Number of weapons charges: 5

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Demahj Wright Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number pending: 3

Date of homicide: June 4, 2018

Who he is charged with killing: Tevin Snow

Details: Prosecutors dismissed Wright’s armed robbery charge in August 2016. Less than two years later, Wright was charged with killing Snow, who was shot to death on West W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Suspect Oyontai Bostic

Number of weapons charges: 4

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Oyontai Bostic Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number pending: 2

Date of homicide: June 4, 2018

Who he is charged with killing: Tevin Snow

Details: In July 2016, Bostic was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Mecklenburg County prosecutors dismissed those charges in August of that year. Less than two years later, Bostic was accused of killing Snow. Snow was shot to death while driving his caren West W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Suspect: Sergio Coello-Perez

Number of weapons charges: 3

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Sergio Coello-Perez Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number pending: 1

Date of homicide: May 12, 2018

Who he is charged with killing: Nicholas Boger

Details: Police charged Coello-Perez with armed robbery in January 2018. Prosecutors dismissed the charge in April 2018. A month later, Coello-Perez and a co-defendant were charged with killing Boger while trying to steal his car.

Suspect: Richard Jordan

Number of weapons charges: 24

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Richard Jordan Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 20

Number guilty: 1

Number pending: 3

Date of homicide: April 13, 2018

Who he is charged with killing: Alexus Fraley

Details: Jordan was charged with two counts of murder after he was accused of spraying a car with bullets near the campus of Johnson & Wales University in 2008. The murder charges were dismissed. He was convicted of accessory after the fact and was released from prison in 2016. Two years later, Jordan was charged with killing Fraley.

Suspect: Jaime Melendez-Suarez

Number of weapons charges: 8

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Jaime Melendez-Suarez Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 4

Number pending: 4

Date of homicide: April 4, 2018

Who he is charged with killing: Jacob Hernandez

Details: In September 2017, Melendez-Suarez was charged with four gun crimes, including two counts of the most serious assault charge — assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Less than a month later, Mecklenburg prosecutors dropped all four charges. The next year, Melendez-Suaraz was charged with killing Hernandez, whose body was found in a wooded area about four miles north of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Suspect: Antonio Shine

Number of weapons charges: 12

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Antonio Shine Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 11

Number guilty: 1

Date of homicide: April 3, 2018

Who he is convicted of killing: Maria Eduvigig Echeverria de Gomez

Details: Shine was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury in January 2017. That charge, and a conspiracy to assault charge, were dismissed three months later. In 2018, Shine was charged with killing Gomez. This year, he was sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Shine’s projected release date is March 2042.

Suspect: Andre Clark

Number of weapons charges: 9

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Andre Clark Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 5

Number guilty: 4

Date of homicide: Jan. 30, 2018

Who he is convicted of killing: Damien Alonzo Mackins II

Details: Prosecutors dismissed Clark’s armed robbery charge in July 2017. About six months later, Clark allegedly shot and killed Mackins. His body was found in a wooded area in northeast Charlotte. In July 2019, Clark was convicted of manslaughter and discharging a weapon in an enclosure to incite fear. His projected release date from prison is March 2026.

Suspect: Tyshoine McAfee

Number of weapons charges: 8

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Tyshoine McAfee Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 3

Number guilty: 2

Number pending: 3

Date of homicide: Nov. 12, 2017

Who he is charged with killing: Abraham Malik Wallace

Details: Mecklenburg prosecutors dismissed a previous armed robbery charge against McAfee in February 2017, according to court records. A conviction would have sent McAfee to prison for more than three years. Later in 2017, he allegedly killed Wallace.

Suspect: James Russell Andrews

Number of weapons charges: 12

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James Andrews Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number guilty: 2

Number pending: 8

Date of homicide: April 1, 2017

Who he is charged with killing: Jarel D’Shaun Grace

Details: A 2011 murder charge against Andrews was dismissed. He was convicted of armed robbery and conspiracy to armed robbery that year, but was out of prison in four years. He is accused of killing Grace in east Charlotte during an armed robbery in April 2017.

Suspect: Samuel Antoine Smith

Number of weapons charges: 7

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Samuel Smith Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 1

Number guilty: 6

Date of homicide: Oct. 5, 2016

Who he killed: Larry Dean Bowden

Details: In January 2016, Mecklenburg prosecutors dismissed a charge against Smith of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Bowden’s death.

Suspect: Michael Mandrell Marble

Number of weapons charges: 11

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Michael Marble Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 9

Number guilty: 1

Number pending: 1

Date of homicide: Sept. 12, 2016

Who he is charged with killing: Louis Henry Fuqua

Details: Mecklenburg County prosecutors dismissed a 2015 armed robbery charge against Marble. Eight months after officials dropped the charge, Marble was charged with murder.

Suspect: Timothy Crumitie

Number of weapons charges: 5

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Timothy Crumitie Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 2

Number guilty: 3

Date of homicide: Aug. 6, 2016

Who he is charged with killing: Danny Kaye Johnson

Details: A previous murder charge against Crumitie was dismissed in 2010. Prosecutors said a lengthy investigation turned up no physical evidence linking Crumitie to the shooting death. He was charged with murdering Johnson in 2016. He was convicted in 2018 and is serving life in prison.

Suspect: Elijah Parker

Number of weapons charges: 4

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Elijah Parker N.C. DPS

Number dismissed: 1

Number guilty: 3

Date of homicide: Aug. 24, 2015

Who he killed: 24-year-old Malik Teasdell

Details: In 2014, prosecutors dismissed an armed robbery charge against Parker. A year later, he shot Teasdell to death. In 2016, Parker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 23 years in prison.

Suspect: Adrian McLeod

Number of weapons charges: 10

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Adrian McLeod Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 8

Number guilty: 2

Date of homicide: July 15, 2015

Who he killed: Kynyatta Tshiona

Details: Prosecutors dismissed a 2013 armed robbery charge against McLeod. Had he been convicted of that charge, he likely would have been in prison for more than three years. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Tshiona’s death. He is now serving a 22-year sentence.

Suspect: Mario McGill

Number of weapons charges: 23

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Mario McGill Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Number dismissed: 14

Number guilty: 9

Date of homicide: Jan. 5, 2015

Who he killed: Robert Miller

Details: By 2015, McGill racked up more than 20 weapons charges, according to court records. They included two attempted armed robbery charges in 2012. Prosecutors dismissed both of those charges. Last year, McGill pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Miller’s death.

Note: Data as of mid-2019

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