Crime & Courts

Police search for suspect in shooting deaths of Charlotte man and woman

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect in Thursday’s shooting deaths of a man and a woman in their home in the 200 block of West Avenue, near Rozzelles Ferry Road in northwest Charlotte.

Police said Friday that they obtained warrants for the arrest of Gerian Eugene Taylor, 20. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Taylor is black, about 5-feet-10 inches tall and 200 pounds. An older jail photo released by police shows him with dreadlocks, but police said he now has close-cropped hair with a design cut on the side.

Taylor is wanted in the murders and attempted robberies of Jeanila Adams Weber, 44, and Donald Ray Matthews, 52. They were shot and killed during a drug transaction, police said. Medic pronounced the victims dead in their home about 11 a.m.

Weber, Matthews and Taylor knew each other, said Keith Trietley, a public affairs officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “This was not a random act of violence,” he said.

Taylor was found guilty in 2013 of possessing drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a fine, court records show. In 2010, he was found guilty of assaulting an officer and also was ordered to pay a fine, records show.

Anyone who knows Taylor’s whereabouts should immediately call 911 or police at 704-336-VCAT (8228).

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak directly to a homicide unit detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.