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Warrant: Man charged with Charlotte murder agreed to meet victim for sex

The obituary heading for Derrick Lee Banner
The obituary heading for Derrick Lee Banner Image taken from Greer-Mcelveen Funeral Home

A search warrant released Friday in Mecklenburg County says a man, who identified as a transgender woman asked the suspect in his murder to have sex prior to the deadly shooting.

Derrick Lee Banner, 26, was found in a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Rosetta Street.

According to the warrant, Banner contacted the suspect, Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, to meet up to have sex. Berry was the last person whom Banner texted before he was killed, the warrant states.

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Montavious Sanchez Berry Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

After the shooting, detectives found Banner’s phone which contained a video of Banner and Berry “engaged in sexual activity.” The video was taken approximately 30 minutes before the shooting occurred, according to the warrant.

Arrest warrants were then issued against Berry and he was arrested at his home on Dundeen Street Tuesday night.

During the search, investigators found a cell phone in Berry’s home that matched the phone number Benner was texting, the warrant states. Benner’s cell phone was seized as evidence.

Barry was charged with murder, armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Charlotte police have said they are talking with the FBI about the case but have not yet commented on whether the death was a hate crime.

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