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Ex-Panther charged with robbery, assault

A former Carolina Panther was charged with assault and robbery after a Sunday shooting at a home under construction in a Waxhaw neighborhood.

Jimmy Davis Hitchcock, 37, of Marvin, who played with the Panthers in 2000 and 2001, posted $60,000 bond and was released from Union County Jail on Monday.

Two other suspects turned themselves in late Tuesday. They are Mitchell Antonio Watts, 36, and Hitchcock's 34-year-old brother, Angelo La'te Hitchcock.

Both Hitchcocks are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Watts faces those charges and a count of attempted first-degree murder. Watts and Angelo Hitchcock were in Union County jail Wednesday afternoon on $50,000 bond.

Police said the shooting happened after the Hitchcocks got into an argument with 33-year-old Bryan Kross, who was working on a house on Connells Point Avenue in the Cureton subdivision off N.C. 16 north of Waxhaw.

Kross was shot four times in the chest and back, but still managed to pursue his assailants. His wallet was taken.

Jimmy Hitchcock was not listed in several phone directories and could not be reached for comment. His first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 7 in Union County District Court.

Waxhaw Police Chief Mike Eiss did not discuss a possible motive in the shooting.

Jimmy Hitchcock, a Concord native who attended UNC Chapel Hill, played eight seasons in the NFL, beginning in 1995 as a third-round draft pick with the New England Patriots. In 1998, the defensive back led the NFL in interception yards with 242 yards and defensive touchdowns with three. He played cornerback for the Panthers in 2000 and 2001 before returning to the Patriots, where he finished his career in 2002.

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