Three charged, missing Charlotte man believed to be killed

Missing man believed to be killed
Evans (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Evans (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Scott (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Scott (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Palmer (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Palmer (Mecklenburg County Jail)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Three people are facing charges after police say a missing person case in northwest Charlotte turned to a homicide case overnight Thursday.

Eric Spells, 28, was reported missing by his girlfriend around 10 a.m. Wednesday from the 100 block of Smallwood Place, near Rozelles Ferry Road in northwest Charlotte.

The girlfriend said Spells had been missing since the prior night and didn't go to work after an argument with their roommate, 28-year-old Dwayne Bryan Evans.

Investigators said they found evidence at the home that Spells was killed during the fight with Evans.

Police say they believe Evans then disposed of Spells' body with help from 31-year-old Jason Connell Palmer and 32-year-old Shavonn Lanique Scott.

Evans, Palmer and Scott were all arrested in Concord Thursday morning. Evans is charged with first-degree murder while Palmer and Scott are both charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

As of Thursday afternoon, Spells' body had still not been found.

Around noon, officers confirmed they were searching areas of York County in and around Rock Hill. CMPD's Homicide Unit is searching for the victim in York County with the assistance of the York County Sheriff's Office and FBI-Charlotte.

Yolanda Gholston has known the victim Eric Spells for more than a decade, but they started dating six months ago, she says.

She reported him missing to police when she hadn't heard from him in nearly 24 hours. She says the last time she heard from him was Tuesday night when they spoke on the phone.

She says he was at home waiting for her when he said Evans and some of his friends came home.

"Him and his roommate's friend came in intoxicated and Eric, I know for a fact, was about to get in the shower because I had just got off the phone with him so he must have tried to de-escalate the situation of them coming in intoxicated," Gholston said.

She says Evans and Spells had been roommates since November and never had any problems before. She admits, she did not know Evans well.

She says Spells worked at the CSL Plasma Center on North Tryon Street.

She has a lot of questions about what happened to her boyfriend, but her biggest question now is "where is he?."

"Why did you have to slaughter him, he didn't deserve that," Gholston said. "I just want him home, I don't want him alone anymore, he has been alone long enough."

Some of Spells' family members are holding out hope that he may be found alive. His mother, Melinda Bush, spoke to WBTV in an interview Thursday night.

"Eric we love you and we're waiting for you to come home to us safe and sound," said Bush.

Spells' sister, Erica Spells, wants the people responsible for what happened to tell police where her brother is.

"Just bring him home please. Let them know. What's done is done. God gone forgive. We forgive you. Just bring him home to us," said Erica Spells.

Police have not released any further details about the case. The suspects are due in court Friday afternoon.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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