Charlotte murder defendant sentenced to life

Demarcus Melvin
Demarcus Melvin Mecklenburg County jail

Demarcus Martel Melvin of Charlotte was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday after a jury found him guilty of murdering 28-year-old Terrence Mingo in 2013.

Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges sentenced Melvin, 25, after the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In May 2013, Melvin and Mingo got into an argument at a Charlotte gas station, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

Mingo left and went to a relative’s home in Charlotte. He soon called 911, telling the operator that a car had repeatedly driven by the home, according to the district attorney’s office.

While Mingo was on the phone, Melvin approached with a gun. Mingo tried to calm the situation just before Melvin opened fire, killing Mingo, according to the district attorney’s office. Mingo died later at a hospital.

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