• Using DNA, police solve 15-year-old cold case murder

    By: Tina Terry

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Lena Moore has answers about her 67-year-old mother’s murder after 15 years.

    “She was a sweet person. She never hurt (anybody),” said Moore.

    Channel 9 first reported the news on Eyewitness News Midday and on Twitter.

    In January of 2000, police went to Lottie Mae Webb’s west Charlotte home for a welfare check.  A warrant said a side window of the home was broken out and inside detectives found her body.

    A search warrant said she’d been “stabbed multiple times in the torso and arm” and detectives found blood “on the glass and broken window.”

    Detectives told Moore that 57-year-old Gary Hames killed her mother.

    They believe the convicted felon, currently in prison on breaking and entering charges broke into Webb’s home and robbed her.

    They said DNA found in the home helped solve the crime.

    "We have a lab here that was able to do that testing. We benefit from grant funding which allows us to bring back personnel to do some testing we wouldn't be able to do with our regular staff to capacity,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Cecil Brisbon.

    Moore said Hames was once her boyfriend and she never would have expected this.

    “I do hope he gets what he deserves, I really do,” Moore said.

    Police said Hames has been arrested over 46 times in Mecklenburg County for various offenses.  He was served an arrest warrant in prison Thursday for murder and armed robbery.

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