• Police announce arrest in Charlotte's first homicide of 2019


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police announced Tuesday an arrest has been made in Charlotte’s first homicide of the year, which took place in north Charlotte.

    Emergency responders told Channel 9 the shooting happened just before 3 a.m. on Jan. 1 at a home in the Derita neighborhood, on Highlander Court near Old Statesville Road.

    The victim, 53-year-old Carnis Poindexter, was shot in the street and ran to the front porch of his home, where he was found, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Mike Smathers.

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    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    On Tuesday, police said they had arrested 19-year-old Furquan Thompson and charged him with first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

    "This is obviously not how we wanted to start out 2019," Smathers said to reporters at the scene on Jan. 1.

    Neighbors told Channel 9 they heard multiple gunshots and Smathers said there was a tremendous amount of evidence at the scene that still needed to be collected. He said the crime scene itself was expansive.

    "It is going to be a Herculean task to find all the evidence -- especially in the dark -- collect it and process the scene," he told Channel 9.

    Smathers could not elaborate but said officers have responded to the home several times in the past.

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    Channel 9 spoke to Michele Norman, neighborhood HOA president about the incident. 

    "It's a good neighborhood. We just had one bad apple in the neighborhood and it was that house. Yeah this is a good neighborhood. It's a temporary stain but we can rebound from that," said Norman. 

    Channel 9 reporter Mark Barber was with detectives on the scene and learned that a disturbing crime Eyewitness News covered last year happened at this same house.

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    Over the summer, a teenager was kidnapped, brought to the home on Highlander Court, and assaulted over several days.

    The mother of that teen said her son was tortured, bound to a chair with zip ties and beaten. He was kidnapped by four people who believed he stole from them, according to police.

    Police arrested Poindexter, Carnis Poindexter Jr., Monazha Thompson, and Mikkaala Lewis in this case. 

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    It was unclear if the homicide had anything to do with that crime.

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