Two teens now charged with murder in east Charlotte homicide

Juvenile charged in homicide case

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police have arrested a 17-year-old girl in connection with murder in the death of a woman found behind an east Charlotte laundromat on Oct. 17.

Police had found Jessica Dawn Smith, 29, deceased from a gunshot wound in a wooded area behind a laundromat on the 3000 block of Central Ave.

Yamina Rookard was arrested and charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon on Dec. 12. On Dec. 17, police said a second juvenile was also charged with murder in Smith’s death. That juvenile’s name has not been released.

Yamina Rookard
Yamina Rookard

No further information has been released at this time as this remains an active investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.

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