Crime & Courts

Two killed in separate New Years Day homicides in Charlotte, police say

The exterior of the home where Charlotte’s first homicide of 2019 happened before 3 a.m.on Tuesday, January 1st. A man was shot to death in north Charlotte on Highlander Court near Old Statesville Road.
The exterior of the home where Charlotte’s first homicide of 2019 happened before 3 a.m.on Tuesday, January 1st. A man was shot to death in north Charlotte on Highlander Court near Old Statesville Road. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Two people died in Charlotte homicides on the first day of the New Year, police said Tuesday.

The first homicide occurred when Carnis Ferdinand Poindexter, 53, died after he was shot early Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

The incident took place in the street. Poindexter ran to the front porch of his home at the 8300 block of Highlander Court, police said.

Police received the call at 2:58 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by MEDIC, police said.

The death appears to be Charlotte’s first homicide of 2019.

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Crime Scene Investigators search for evidence outside the home of Charlotte’s first homicide of 2019 on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. A man was shot to death in north Charlotte on Highlander Court near Old Statesville Road. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Later Tuesday morning, police responded to another shooting, in which a man with gunshot wounds was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, where he later died.

The second shooting victim was identified as Nathan Lamont Roberts, 37. He was sitting in a vehicle in his driveway when he was shot, police said.

On Wednesday, police arrested a suspect at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in connection with Roberts’ death. Deangelo Olando Morgan, 33, was charged with murder, according to a CMPD news release.

Police confirmed that the house where the first homicide happened was the same one where four people were arrested in June, and accused of kidnapping a man and holding him captive for three nights.

Among the four was a man by the same name and with the same date of birth as the victim in the first incident — Carnis Ferdinand Poindexter.

Police said they could not confirm that the homicide victim was the same man accused in the kidnapping incident.

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The Observer reported at the time that the assaults happened numerous times over the course of the three nights, and that the suspects assaulted the victim with a machete and a baseball bat, causing minor injuries.

Court records show Poindexter had a court hearing related to the charges scheduled for February.

The investigations are ongoing and anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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