Crime

16-year-old girl charged with murder in man’s killing

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were on the scene Wednesday morning of an overnight stabbing in the 300 block of Cherry Street.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were on the scene Wednesday morning of an overnight stabbing in the 300 block of Cherry Street. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Two men died in separate killings in Charlotte early Wednesday – a 34-year-old who was shot on Rozzelles Ferry Road and a 36-year-old who police say was stabbed by a 16-year-old girl near uptown.

At about 1:50 a.m., police responded to a domestic-related call of assault with a deadly weapon in the 300 block of Cherry Street, off Charlottetown Avenue, and found a male who’d been stabbed. Medic pronounced him dead at the scene and police later identified the victim as Omar Dunbar, 36.

A female member of the household was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed, police said.

Later Wednesday, investigators announced that Deanna Denise Watson, 16, would be charged with murder in Dunbar’s death.

Dunbar and Watson knew each other, and police said they aren’t searching for any other suspects.

Police canvassed the neighborhood to determine whether anyone else witnessed the encounter.

Police are also investigating a shooting that happened about 12:20 a.m. in the 2200 block of Rozzelles Ferry Road.

A 911 caller reported shots being fired near Seldon Avenue and Rozzelles Ferry Road. While en route, police received a call about a single-vehicle wreck in the 2200 block of Rozzelles Ferry Road.

The vehicle had struck a utility pole, and a male in the vehicle had gunshot wounds, police said. Medic pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police later identified the victim as Kynyatta Dmyr Tshiona, 34.

Police said they do not believe the shooting was a random act.

Anyone with information about either killing is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak to a homicide detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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