Updated: 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | Posted: 11:37 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Teen Accused In Fatal Shooting Faces Judge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The teenager accused of fatally shooting a man in a SouthPark neighborhood faced a judge Tuesday for the first time in the case.
Police said 18-year-old Chauncey Sterling shot and killed 64-year-old Robert Barber as he walked home from a coffee shop Friday morning.
Sterling stood with his eyes down during his court appearance Tuesday, glancing up briefly. He said little, other than to answer “yes” when asked if he understands that he is charged with murder and armed robbery.
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According to police, Sterling was looking for someone to rob when Barber walked by on Mullens Ford Road, which is near the intersection of Sharon View and Carmel roads in south Charlotte. Police said the shooting was a random act of violence.
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Investigators said the two men struggled before Barber was shot twice in the chest.
In a news conference Monday, police alluded to help from family members in developing Sterling as a suspect.
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“We were pretty much directed to where he was, and his family members were involved in that apprehension,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Family members emerged teary-eyed from the courthouse Tuesday, declining to talk about the charges.
Earlier, a family spokesperson told Channel 9, “Chauncey is one of the youngest members of our family. We love him and pray for him and we are struggling to deal with what's happened.”
Barber was an executive with Carolinas Healthcare System and worked with the Public Health Sciences Department at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He also taught an online class in health care finance for Central Michigan University. His funeral will be held Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church.