Family and friends of murdered Uber driver Marlo Medina Chevez went to court as the second defendant charged with killing Chevez went before a judge and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.
Chevez was reported missing in May 2017 after his family told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that he left home to pick up an Uber passenger but never returned. Chevez’s body was found days later in York County.
His body was found with his hands and legs bound with duct tape, sources say, and there appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head area.
Police arrested James Steven and Diontray Adams and charged them with murder and robbery.
Police pulled over Adams and Stevens in Maryland. The two were driving a dark blue 2008 Nissan Pathfinder that belonged to Medina-Chevez. His credit card also showed it had been used in Maryland.
On July 19, Adams went to court, turned down a plea offer and entered a not guilty plea — much to the disappointment of Chevez’ family who packed the courtroom.
During Stevens’ arraignment on Thursday, prosecutors said Adams tried to rob Chevez, but there was a struggle and Adams cut the victim’s throat with a knife.
If Adams took the plea deal, he could have faced up to 37 years in prison.
“It is a nightmare that I am living. I thought he was going to declare himself guilty and end this once and for all,” said Elsa Medina, the victim’s wife. “They took everything away from me in one single day, but I do not hate anyone. My heart is so sad, that there is no room for hate.”
Adams, who had Medina-Chevez’s credit card, was initially charged with financial credit card fraud and outstanding Maryland warrants at the time of his arrest, while Stevens was charged with possession of the stolen vehicle.
On Thursday, the family heard what they wanted — a guilty plea for second-degree murder. Stevens decided to accept a plea offer.
Stevens faces 240-300 months behind bars for the murder charge and 60-84 months for the robbery charge.
The judge said Stevens would be sentenced at a later date.