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Teen appears in court after fatal uptown shooting

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

16-year-old David Michael Simpson appeared in district court Christmas Eve on a murder charge for killing a man in uptown.

It was Simpson's first court appearance in the case. He was assigned an attorney and another court date.

Police say the shooting happened at the 400 block of East Trade Street around Saturday night near Time Warner Cable Arena and the transit center.

Richard Marquis Bonds, 30, was pronounced dead on scene according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Sunday's arrest was Simpson's fifth one in 2013. In September, he was charged with carrying a gun into a popular clothing store and stealing some pants.

A few weeks later, he was charged with breaking into Scott Callahan's car. Callahan says he caught Simpson and held him until police arrived.

"It's just a shame at that age that you've thrown your whole life away," said Callahan.
"He made excuses for why he was doing it. Even then, I was saying there are a lot of other options other than breaking into people's cars," he said.

Callahan said he's surprised the same teen would now be accused of murder. He said he would think twice before chasing another suspect harming his property.

In the case Saturday night, officers say Bonds was shot during a fist fight in the parking lot.

The fight and the suspect's vehicle was caught on surveillance cameras, CMPD says.

Police say witnesses provided the license plate information of the vehicle to investigators.

A short time after the shooting, an accident on Rozzelles Ferry Road was reported involving the possible suspect vehicle.

Investigators say one person was still in the vehicle when officers arrived and one person ran away.                  

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