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Man accused of shooting off-duty officer all smiles in court

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A man accused of shooting a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer and taking part in a three-county armed robbery spree made his first appearance in court Tuesday.

If detectives are right, Kevin McClary has been one busy criminal over the past few weeks. Investigators said he shot CMPD officer Jon Dunham during a home invasion at the officer's apartment in south Charlotte. He's also accused in five convenience store robberies in Charlotte, Gaston and York Counties.

Kevin McClary was in court and smiled the entire time the judge read through his list of charges.

The person who was not smiling, was Mauricio Salazar-Peiti.  He is facing numerous charges as an accessory in this case.

The judge told Mauricio Salazar's mother in court through an interpreter that her son has been accused of hiding the weapon used to shoot an off-duty officer. Salazar's mother told the judge she didn't understand why her son was being charged when witnesses said he had nothing to do with the shooting.

Salazar was emotional and was in tears. He is being held at the Mecklenburg County jail and immigration has placed a hold on him because he is from Honduras and does not have the paperwork that allows him to be here legally. 

Salazar's sister, Belkis Salazar, didn't want to be on camera. She said her brother was sleeping when Kevin McClary committed the alleged crimes. And she said police tracked down her brother from the GPS in McClary's cell phone.

"He didn't hide the gun. What they [found] on him was an iPhone or something like that," said Belkis Salazar.

Belkis Salazar said her brother was not friends with McClary, and that his only mistake was charging the phone. Belkis Salazar said her brother did not hide a gun and voluntary spoke with police because he was innocent. She said she hopes her brother doesn't get sent back to Honduras because they left that country after another brother was murdered.

Both men are scheduled to be back in court on October 25 for a bond hearing.

McClary is also charged as a fugitive for an armed robbery in South Carolina. His next court appearance in that case is October 29.

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