• Man arrested 15 times keeps getting out of jail

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brandon Kennedy is a familiar face for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

    Eyewitness News uncovered an astonishing number of arrests in a search warrant that said he's been "arrested by CMPD 14 times."

    His most recent arrest makes 15. Police said he ran from officers, abandoning his car.

    The warrant stated police found $9,640 in cash, a digital scale, 58 grams of marijuana, and a loaded black handgun with magazine and holster in the car.

    Eyewitness News looked through Kennedy's extensive history and found many similar arrests, but despite all of them, Kennedy keeps getting out of jail. Judges have no choice but to keep granting him bond.

    "We tell folks in the community, when they raise questions about why someone is not continually incarcerated, it's because our constitution says you're presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," Judge Lisa Bell said.

    Eyewitness News went to Bell for answers. She couldn't comment on Kennedy's case specifically, but told Eyewitness News someone has to be convicted of three felonies to be labeled a habitual felon.

    "Someone who habitually commits crimes does not make them a habitual felon under our law," Bell said.

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