Murder suspect out on bond cited for hit-and-run

CHARLOTTE — A man on bond after being charged with first-degree murder was back in court on Monday for a separate case.

James Salerno was cited for hit and run in Cornelius in April.

According to police reporters, he said he left the scene because he was scared.

Monday morning, he agreed to a plea deal, which required him to take responsibility for a lesser charge of unsafe movement.

He was ordered to pay a $216 fine.


Salerno is out on bond after being accused of killing Mary Collins.

Collins was a 20-year-old woman who was found stabbed and stuffed into a mattress inside a North Davidson apartment.

The incident occurred in 2020.

Salerno is one of several people who were charged in connection with the Mary Collins case.

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