Crime & Courts

Murder trial of Charlotte man ends in hung jury

A Charlotte man pleaded guilty to robbery charges this week after a jury failed to convict him of first-degree murder.

Deonte Lanier, 25, was charged with the 2012 murder/robbery of Johnny Peay. His three-week trial ended with a hung jury on all the charges except one: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Under an agreement with Mecklenburg prosecutors, Lanier will serve between 67 and 93 months for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Peay was shot in the back outside his home during a drug deal.

Michael Gordon