Man charged with murder 11 years after quadruple homicide in south Charlotte

Man arrested in 11-year-old quadruple homicide

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man was charged with murder in a 2008 cold case, where four people were found riddled with bullets at an apartment in south Charlotte.

The bodies of 54-year-old Andrew Babyak, 42-year-old Cherilyn Crawford, 57-year-old William Royster, and 44-year-old Timothy Stone were discovered the morning of March 24, 2008 in an apartment on High Meadow Lane near Archdale and I-77, officials say.

Victim's mother speaks after CMPD announces arrest in 2008 quadruple murder

Thursday, police announced 32-year-old Dominick Daise was arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the case.

“We don’t give up on our cases, No matter what. I don’t car if it’s 11 days or 11 years,” CMPD said in a press conference announcing the arrest Thursday. “We owe that to the family.”

A victim’s family member spoke, calling the entire situation devastating. “It’s going to be a lifelong journey living without Cherilyn,” Roster’s mother said.

Police say the investigation is still active and a $5,000 reward is still being offered for information.

“There was a lot of gunshots, believe me," then-CMPD Detective Miguel Santiago said about the killings.

Homicide victims
Homicide victims (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

Babyak and Crawford were both from Tega Cay. Royster was the apartment owner, and Stone was from New York, according to officials.

So what brought these four people together on March 24, 2008?

“We believe these people were involved in a lifestyle that put them in jeopardy,” said Santiago.

Police think the killings happened within an hour of someone calling 911.

Detective Santiago says, “we did an extensive canvass of the area, but no one heard anything.” He said no one heard gunshots.

“People out there know what happened. Maybe they haven’t come forward because they thought we forgot about this case, and we’re not working on it, or, maybe they’re afraid of the people involved,” said Detective Santiago.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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