• Four charged with murder days after man found dead in Charlotte apartment

    By: Glenn Counts

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a four people and charged them with murder, days after a man was found dead at a west Charlotte apartment complex.

    Police charged Stacey Bell, 28; Robert Brewer, 28; Earl Jackson, 29; and Kaila Robinson, 18, with the murder of 38-year-old Jermaine Moore.

    The four were also charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Officials said an initial investigation identified Bell, Brewer, Jackson and Robinson as suspects.

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    Robinson was arrested Thursday night and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail. Robinson had her first court appearance Friday and was given a court appointed attorney. Her bond hearing is set for later in January. 

    Bell, Brewer and Jackson were arrested and charged early Friday morning, following interviews with detectives.

    All four are accused of plotting to rob and kill Moore. Three of them have prior criminal records.

    Robinson had been arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny. Jackson spent time in prison for robbery with a dangerous weapons and assault with a deadly weapon. Brewer had been charged with assault on a female, felony burglary and larceny.

    Jackson, Robinson, and Brewer
    Jackson, Robinson, and Brewer

    (Jackson, Robinson and Brewer)

    Robinson's family is offering no excuses for her and said it is praying for the victim's family.

    "All I can say to the family, we apologize,” said Roberta Massey, Robinson’s godmother. “We don't know what happened. We wasn't there. Keep your head up. We are going through what you all are going through."

    Moore was found dead at an apartment complex on Forestbook Drive around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, after having been shot.

    [IMAGES: Police investigate homicide at apartment complex on Forestbrook Drive]

    Channel 9 has reported on Robinson more than once before.

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    In September 2017, she was one of three teens charged with robbery, kidnapping and assault after police said the group attacked another teen inside Carolinas Medical Center and broadcast the attack on Facebook Live.

    [READ MORE: Attack on teen at hospital broadcast on Facebook Live, police say]

    In September last year, reporter Elsa Gillis reported on Turning Point Academy, the alternative Charlotte-Mecklenburg School that runs a program for teen inmates at Mecklenburg County's Jail North.

    Last year, Robinson was one of the students in the program and earned her GED diploma while in jail. 

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    She was 17 at the time and on probation for the hospital attack.

    Channel 9 spoke with Robinson and her grandmother about the experience. 

    "It brung tears, because that's an accomplishment," grandmother Joyce Phillips said. 

    At the time, Gillis asked Robinson if she felt like she was a different person than she had been a year ago. 

    "Yes, a totally different person," Robinson said. 

    Channel 9 spoke with Phillips on Friday after Robinson's court appearance. She said she was hurting for the victim's family and for her granddaughter, who she said was raised in a good home. 

    "As a parent, grandparent, you do all you can to raise your child, to send them in the right way, but somehow or another, they feel the streets have a better outlook on life than home," Phillips said. 

    Someone who worked with Robinson at the jail said they felt Robinson had the right tools to meet her potential. 

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