• Murder suspect's granddaughter: Alcohol could have been factor in shooting

    By: Trish Williford


    CHARLOTTE - A 70-year-old man is scheduled to face a judge Monday on charges he murdered a woman in West Charlotte.

    Channel 9 was there Saturday when Joe Maddox was taken into custody after a standoff with SWAT teams and police.

    On Sunday we spoke to the suspect’s granddaughter, who told us what may have led to the tragedy.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detectives were called to Seymour Drive shortly before 1:30 Saturday afternoon. When they arrived they found Diane Burns, 51, shot and lying in the middle of the road.

    She was transported to Carolinas Medical Center Main, where she died.

    Moments after the shooting, the SWAT Team was called in because Maddox had barricaded himself inside his home.

    It took negotiators more than an hour to convince him to surrender.

    He was taken into custody and charged with Burns’ murder.

    Family members tell us Maddox and Burns knew each other from the neighborhood.

    They say the fight started after Maddox accused Burns of stealing some items from his house.

    “From what I understood, it was over money, a stolen wallet, and it was actually given to somebody else, he just didn’t remember,” says Kee Kee Caldwell, the suspect’s granddaughter.

    Caldwell believes alcohol was also a factor in the incident.

    Burns leaves behind two sons.  Maddox is due in court Monday.

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