1 of 4 teens charged in connection with man's murder to appear in court

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte Mecklenburg Police said they have charged a fourth teenager in connection to a violent crime spree early Sunday that ended with one man dead in his driveway.

Police said Randy Shawn Lloyd, 16, turned himself in at police headquarters Monday afternoon -- more than 24 hours after he jumped and ran from officers who had spotted the stolen car he was driving.

On Tuesday, police said another teen, Bobby Lannell Hargrove, 16, was identified through information and evidence gathered by investigators. Hargrove was charged with accessory after the fact of felony murder and will appear in court Wednesday.

Police said Lloyd was the oldest of three teenagers --  the other was a 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister -- who met in uptown Charlotte late Saturday night and decided to go out and rob people.

“This was a crime spree. There's no question about it,” said Maj. Mike Smathers at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Smathers said the group began by robbing a couple outside a north Charlotte club just after 2 a.m. Sunday and then about 4 a.m., took a man’s pickup truck at gunpoint on West Boulevard.

Police said the three then drove to an apartment complex on Canterwood Drive in north Charlotte where they robbed a jogger at 7 a.m.

At 8:20 a.m., police said they pulled up to a driveway on Pence Pond Road in east Charlotte where they took a man’s wallet and car at gunpoint.

Police said they were driving both cars when they drove up to Ronald Gullette’s home on Hemby Woods Drive and shot and killed him.

“He was in his car, just obviously taking care of business on a normal Sunday morning when these individuals approached him, targeted him and shot him without provocation as far as I'm concerned,” Smathers said.

About an hour later a police sergeant spotted the stolen cars and tried to pull them over, and officers were able to catch the 15-year-old and 13-year-old, but they said Lloyd got away.

Police questioned the two younger teenagers and have charged the 15-year-old with murder and several counts of robbery.  The 13-year-old was charged with resisting arrest.

Smathers said it is difficult to understand what motivated them other than excitement.

“That was their sole goal. They just were driving around the city and saw people they thought were suitable victims and then they committed these robberies,” Smathers said. “It was a crime spree in every possible way and I'm just glad we were able to bring some closure to it with the arrest.”

Lloyd appeared in court Tuesday and was denied bond. His next court date was set for April 11. 

The judge said Lloyd is to have no contact with other juveniles involved and mentioned the name “Jamie Hunter”, but didn’t explain who that person is.

Friends of the Gulette told Channel 9 they're stunned about what happened.

Channel 9 learned more about the husband and father police said they shot and killed. 

“Tears began to run down my face,” Pastor Thomas Evans said. “I was like, ‘Why him? He doesn't have enemies.’"  

Evans has spent the past few days remembering Gulette, 44, who was a groomsman in his wedding.

"I was in complete shock,” Evans said.

"I was sad, very sad,” said Edward Smith, a former coach for Gulette. "It hit me pretty hard. I had to sit down for a while.”

Smith said Gulette was a professional heavyweight boxer.

Gulette’s friends are saddened because they said he had a soft spot for young people the same age as the teenagers accused of taking his life.

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