Crime & Courts

2 on trial in 2013 Charlotte killing

Charlie Snowden, 31, faces murder charges in the 2013 shooting death of Ronny Steele of Charlotte
Charlie Snowden, 31, faces murder charges in the 2013 shooting death of Ronny Steele of Charlotte

Near the second anniversary of Ronny Steele’s death, two Charlotte men have gone on trial in connection with his shooting.

The murder trial of James M. Hunter, 34, and Ryan Kendell Andrews, 26, is expected to resume Friday after the Mecklenburg courthouse was closed Thursday because of the weather.

Two other men have also been arrested and charged with Steele’s death. They are Charles Edward Snowden, 31, and Reuben Timothy Curry, 30.

On Feb. 25, 2013, Steele, 57, was found bleeding in the driveway of a west Charlotte home and died soon after at Carolinas Medical Center. A neighbor told the Observer that she heard 15 to 20 gunshots coming from the house on Wedgewood Drive in the Wingate community. Police found a handgun at the scene.

It took a month for investigators to round up the men they believed responsible for Steele’s killing.

Curry came first. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found him at CMC-Main the morning of the shooting being treated for a bullet wound.

Within days that March, both Hunter and Snowden were taken into custody in Florence County, S.C., and CMPD officers arrested Andrews.

The victim had a criminal record dating to at least 1978, including convictions for second-degree kidnapping and possession of cocaine.

Of the four defendants, Andrews appears to have the most extensive history with police. Records indicate arrests on charges ranging from robbery with a dangerous weapon to assault on a female and several drug-related offenses.

The case is being heard by Superior Court Judge Linwood Foust. Researcher Maria David contributed.

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