CMPD works hard to solve more than a dozen unsolved homicides

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg police officials told Eyewitness News they were working hard to solve more than a dozen unsolved homicides.

They said the cases are a priority, but they called on the public's help to solve them.

"When we get information from the community, we solve cases. When we don't have people stepping forward and giving us information about these cases, it makes it a lot more challenging for us," said Maj. Johnny Jennings of CMPD's Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Investigators said they have a total of 14 unsolved homicide cases so far. That's up from seven unsolved cases last year.

The family of one of the victims told us waiting for an arrest has been hard.

"The pain and agony of losing him. I'm constantly waiting for him to walk through that door everyday," said Dennis Robinson.

His youngest son, Courtenay, was just 25 years old when he was gunned down during a drug deal at an East Charlotte convenience store according to police. The crime happened in September, but police never found the shooter.

"If it was your son, your brother, you would want the same thing ... you would want justice," said Robinson.

Police said their case-clearance rate is 75 percent, which is 10 percent better than the national average. If you have any clues in any of these cases, call police.