Man accused of killing woman, stuffing body in trunk found not guilty

CHARLOTTE — Humberto Mendoza was found not guilty by a jury four-and-a-half years after he was arrested and charged with killing 65-year-old Nia Hantzapolous and leaving her body in the trunk of a car in Ballantyne.

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“It was very difficult because everyone thought I did it,” Mendoza said on Thursday. “A lot of the media. They were pointing fingers to me.”

>> In the video at the top of this webpage, veteran crime reporter Mark Becker speaks with Mendoza after the verdict was read.

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