Crime & Courts

Charlotte man sentenced to life in prison for 2013 shooting death

Jeremy Bishop
Jeremy Bishop Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office

A motorist who argued with a stranger in a Charlotte crosswalk and then shot him to death was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A jury found Jeremy Rossco Bishop, 25, of Charlotte, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Che Cadfi Matoorah, 29, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said.

Early on July 4, 2013, Bishop was driving his truck in the 2200 block of The Plaza when he encountered Matoorah in a crosswalk and the two men began to argue, police and prosecutors said.

Matoorah walked to a gas station, and Bishop made a U-turn, pulled up to him, briefly spoke to him and then shot Matoorah in the chest, according to prosecutors.

Bishop fired another shot as Matoorah turned to run away, shooting him in the base of his neck. Bishop then sped away in his truck, prosecutors said.

The shooting paralyzed Matoorah, who died three weeks later of his injuries.

Mecklenburg jail records showed Bishop had been arrested five times in the two years before the shooting. On Jan. 18, 2013, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak