2019 Homicide: Suspect charged for murder of 23-year-old in NE Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A man who had already been in custody on unrelated charges has now been charged with a 2019 murder of a 23-year-old, CMPD said Wednesday.

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Police ID man shot and killed inside northeast Charlotte apartment

Two years ago on August 8 around 9 p.m. on a Thursday near 1400 Ventura Way Drive in northeast Charlotte, officers responded to calls regarding a shooting at an apartment complex. Samuel Stitt, 23 at the time, was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene.

K-9, CSI, CFD, operations command, Medic, a mobile crisis team, and the DA’s Office were among the departments that responded to the scene.

Investigators ruled this a homicide but the case went cold.

On Wednesday, CMPD announced James McIlwaine, 29, was charged with Stitt’s murder. McIlwaine was in custody already on unrelated charges and was served warrants for multiple charges including murder, robbery, and conspiracy.

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