Second suspect arrested in Hickory murder case

Second suspect arrested in Hickory murder case
Steven Staples (Source: Hickory Police Department)

HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man being sought in a Hickory murder case has been identified and arrested.

Andres Osbaldo Moscotte was shot and killed outside his Hickory home on 22nd Street NE near Highland Avenue around 8:15 p.m. on January 23.

Jalen Jakee Witherspoon, 22, turned himself in several days after the shooting and was served with a warrant for first-degree murder.

Police were asking for public’s help identifying a second man wanted in connection to Moscotte’s killing. Friday, police announced they had arrested 30-year-old Steven Razelle Staples.

Staples, of Charlotte, was served a warrant for first-degree murder in Mascotte’s death in Hickory. On the same day, he was charged with murder in the deaths of a man and a woman who were found shot to death in a car down an embankment in Charlotte.

Investigators have not said if the two cases could be related.

The official report involving Mascotte’s killing states that his girlfriend told police that Moscotte had walked outside to speak to someone.

She looked outside and saw Moscotte talking to a stocky black male with dark clothing and a dark-colored mask covering his nose and mouth. When it sounded like the two were fighting, the girlfriend locked herself in a bedroom.

She told police she then heard at least two people come into the house for a brief time before they left. Once they were gone, she left the bedroom and found Moscotte lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound.

Moscotte’s car was missing from the driveway, the report states, but was found crashed on D Avenue SE a short time later.

Police say it appears the suspect knew Moscotte and “targeted him for a robbery.”

Anyone with additional information should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

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