• Search warrant reveals new details of man's death

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A police search warrant reveals new details about the killing of a 65-year-old man in south Charlotte Tuesday night including which of two suspects allegedly pulled the trigger.

    Police served the warrant Wednesday night at a home off West Boulevard, where they arrested Stacey Brown, 20, and Roderick Crawford, 21, for the Tuesday night slaying of Bob Heym on Conway Avenue.

    The men are charged with murder, but the search warrant said Brown was the one who pulled the trigger.

    Brown's girlfriend told police the three met at the transit center Tuesday evening, where she gave Brown her backpack, which he had loaded with a sawed-off shotgun.

    Brown and Crawford took the light rail to Scaleybark Road, a few blocks from Conway Avenue where they met Heym, who was on his way home from work.

    They tried to rob Heym, but he fought back.

    "During the robbery, the guy pushed the gun away," Brown told his girlfriend.

    And then Brown said, “he shot the guy."

    After he heard the shot, a neighbor told police he saw Heym lying on the ground and "a male was bent over him, appearing to go through his pockets.”

    Brown told his girlfriend they dumped her backpack nearby and police found it 100 feet from the scene with her information inside.

    Detectives used that to track her down and she pointed them to the house where Brown and Crawford were living.

    Police seized a shotgun barrel and shotgun parts along with other evidence.

    Brown and Crawford said nothing as they made their first court appearances Friday. 

    Both are being held without bond in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

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