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A Charlotte murder suspect was wanted for weeks. He fled to New Mexico, police say

Jamaal Griffin was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of 32-year-old Churchill Zoker.
Jamaal Griffin was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of 32-year-old Churchill Zoker. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

A man who has been wanted for weeks in connection to a Charlotte homicide was arrested Wednesday halfway across the country in New Mexico.

Officials found Jamaal Griffin, 33, in Albuquerque, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Griffin was wanted for the murder of 32-year-old Churchill Zoker, who was shot at a north Charlotte hotel last month.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to an Extended Stay America hotel in northeast Charlotte on June 30, where Zoker was shot. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died after arriving, officials said.

Griffin is the third arrest made in the case.

Police arrested Jasmine Ingram and Abagail Johnson on July 6. The two women, both 18, were charged with murder.

Griffin faces charges of murder as well as attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, officials said.

He will be extradited back to Charlotte, officials said.

In 2002, Griffin pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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