CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - One of the two suspects charged in the death of a 21-year-old Charlotte mother rejected a plea deal of second-degree murder and could face first-degree murder at trial.
Richard Jordan plead not guilty to a number of charges in court Thursday including first degree murder, first degree kidnapping and first degree conspiracy to commit murder.
Jordan is one of two suspects charged with murdering Alexus Fraley.
Police say Fraley was missing for two weeks and was found dead in a building off of Dixie River Road in Charlotte.
Detectives say Fraley and Jordan apparently knew each other and had some sort of dispute.
“She loved life, she just did not get to experience her life," said Gloria Williams, Fraley’s mother.
Williams was surrounded by family and friends in courtroom Thursday. Williams says the family will continue to seek justice and provide the support to Fraley’s children.
“Her laughter was infectious, she was funny and sweet and spunky, all tied into one,” said Williams. “My message to her would be, ‘momma has got it. I have always got it. You keep whispering in God’s ear to give us the strength to push on.'"
The case for the other suspect charged in this case, Ashley Helms, is still pending.