***UPDATE*** Metro Division - Homicide in the 1700 block of Rush Wind Drive

11/11/2019

Case Update: Monday, November 11, 2019

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have charged John Michael Copeland, DOB: 06/24/1964, for the murder of Mario Witherspoon.

As a result of continued investigation, Copeland was identified as a suspect in this case, and warrants were issued for his arrest.  On November 11, 2019, Copeland was located and arrested in Newark, New Jersey, following a multi-agency effort.  Copeland will ultimately be transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, pending his extradition.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.  Detective James is the lead detective assigned to this case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this incident, please refer to the report: 20191024-2319-00.

 

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Case Update: Saturday, October 26, 2019

The victim in this case has been identified as Mario Witherspoon, DOB: 02/10/1990His family has been notified of his death.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective James is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this incident please refer to report numbers 20191024-2319-00.

 

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the 1700 block of Rush Wind Drive in the Metro Division.  The call for service came in at 11:19 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

Metro Division patrol officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service.  Upon arrival, officers located a male in the backyard of a home with a gunshot wound.  The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.  His name will be released once his family has been notified.

Homicide Detectives are currently canvassing the area to determine whether there are any additional witnesses to this incident. 

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team, Victim Services, CFD, Medic and Operations Command responded to the scene. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective James is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this incident please refer to report numbers 20191024-2319-00.

 

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