YORK COUNTY, S.C. - Federal prosecutors are taking over the case against two suspects in a south Charlotte robbery and shootout in May, and it raises questions about a possible connection to a murder investigation in York County, South Carolina.
The FBI filed a complaint naming Jamell Cureton and Nana Adoma as the two suspects in the robbery of the Mattress Warehouse on South Boulevard.
In their complaint the FBI said Adoma was a lookout as Cureton pulled out a pistol and confronted the store owner.
The store owner pulled out his own gun and the two exchanged gunfire, according to the FBI affidavit.
The FBI said the store owner was not hit, but Cureton was shot in the stomach and 10 minutes later Cureton, Adoma and a third suspect showed up at a hospital in Pineville where police found a gun and cellphone belonging to the store owner.
The federal charges come less than a week after the owner of that store, Douglas London, and his wife Debbie London, were found dead in their home near Lake Wylie.
Detectives in York County have yet to make an arrest in the case, but Cureton’s attorney told Eyewitness News she doesn’t know if the FBI believes Cureton is involved in the murders.
“I have no idea, but I don't think so. My client was incarcerated,” attorney Chiege Okwara said Thursday.
Tony Scheer, a defense attorney and former prosecutor, said it’s too early to suggest that the two crimes are connected.
“I think at this juncture it really wouldn't be much more than conspiracy theory,” Scheer said.
Scheer said federal prosecutors do take some local robbery cases, particularly when guns are used, because they can often get tougher sentences for defendants who are found guilty in federal court.
“Their taking the robbery federal? It just might be a good case for federal prosecution,” Scheer said.
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