Crime & Courts

Boyfriend denied bond in fatal Shelby shooting

A judge decided to hold without bond a Shelby man charged with shooting his girlfriend during an armed robbery early Sunday, Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said Monday.

Aaron Rashun Byers, 19, was in court Monday for his first appearance connected with the early Saturday shooting death of Hannah Carol Bickley, 17.

Byers was charged with murder in her death. They also charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon and attempted armed robbery.

“He was the one doing the robbery, and she was not a victim of the robbery,” Ledford said, adding that it was a “very confusing case.”

At 2:38 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a call about a possible armed robbery and shooting on Holder Drive, police say.

On their way, a man flagged down officers, saying a woman inside his vehicle had been shot.

Officers found Bickley in the vehicle with a single gunshot wound, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Ledford said Monday that the shooting took place during an attempted armed robbery, but police have not identified who the intended victim was.

Bickley had just texted her father that she had gotten off work at a Waffle House, her father, Guy, told WCNC-TV, according to The Associated Press. He said his daughter was studying to become a nurse.

Byers has been convicted several times of breaking and entering. His sentences have been suspended, and he was given probation.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.