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Charlotte homicide suspect, repeat offender arrested in Mint Hill

(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police) (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

A Charlotte homicide suspect and known repeat offender was arrested in Mint Hill Friday morning.

Ricco McHam is accused of shooting and killing a man last Fourth of July. The 19-year-old was able to make bond and was required to wear an ankle monitor. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says he cut his bracelet off on June 15 after not showing up for court. 

Marcus Philemon, the founder of "Court Watch," a local group that keeps a close eye on cases in Mecklenburg County, especially involving repeat offenders like McHam, predicted this. 

“I'm not surprised. He actually lasted a little longer out than we had expected,” Philemon said.

Philemon has been following McHam over three years and through dozens of arrests. After his murder charge, Philemon questioned why he was given bond in the first place. 

"Why you would set a bond so low to allow a murder suspect with a track record to get even remotely close to where they could bond out, it's an injustice to the community," Philemon said. "We'll never know why a judge decided to reduce the bond so low to where this individual could bond out".

Philemon worried what McHam may do next since he was already facing a murder charge.

"What does he have to lose? He's been arrested 25 times in three years," he said. 

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