CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man was charged with murder Thursday in the shooting death of an east Charlotte business manager from late October.
Chrishna Fimbo, 19, is charged with murder, attempted armed robbery, and second-degree kidnapping in the death of Preston Scott Coffey. Police say he was already in the Cleveland County Jail on unrelated charges when he was charged with Coffey's death.
Coffey was shot around 11:14 p.m. on October 24 at the Sharon Amity Business Park in the 3100 block of Amity Court. Officers say the business manager was inside his office with a woman when a man confronted the two of them.
The man - now believed to be Fimbo - then reportedly shot and killed Coffey.
A CMPD K-9 team and aviation unit attempted to track the shooter but were unable to find him. Surveillance video was later released in an effort to identify him.
According to an affidavit, police received information about a suspect who apparently had information on his cell phone about Coffey's death. A couple of weeks after the killing, there was a text conversation.
The document states a person "told someone they tried to rob him for cocaine so they died." It goes on to state the man sent a copy of a news story and pictures from the surveillance camera that police made public.
Then, at the end of the November, there was another text. According to the search warrant, the person "told someone he was on the run and had attacked someone in Charlotte three weeks earlier." Again, he allegedly sent a news story and pictures from the surveillance video.
When detectives went to Cleveland County to interview Fimbo, they say he admitted to killing Coffey.
Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.