Crime & Courts

CMPD says man charged in homicide near Charlotte Bojangles’ is in custody in Georgia

Police have charged a 22-year-old Charlotte man in the Oct. 20 murder of Ronnie Lamont Franklin, who was shot and killed near a Bojangles’ restaurant on West Boulevard.

Demetrius Shivers-Adams is currently in police custody for unrelated charges in Richmond County, Georgia, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release Thursday.

Shivers-Adams, who police say fled after the shooting, is now awaiting extradition back to Mecklenburg County, police said.

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Franklin, 33, of Charlotte, died near the intersection of West Boulevard and South Tryon Street, CMPD officials have previously said.

Police earlier said Franklin was killed following an argument with a group of people inside a business. His death marked the second homicide within a 24-hour time span that weekend, adding to the violent clashes in Charlotte that have led to a soaring homicide rate this year.

Police said the investigation into Franklin’s death is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.