Second suspect in murder of NoDa restaurant owner accused of five homicides in span of month

Man charged with five murders in over 1.5 months

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A suspect accused in five homicides in just a span of a month and a half has a lengthy criminal history, according to court documents.

Steven Staples has five murder charges currently pending against him, including the Dec. 2019 murder of Scott Brooks, the co-owner of Brooks’ Sandwich House in NoDa.

Lucille Puckett, a community activist, supports and comforts families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes. She also lost her son to gun violence in 2016.

When Staples was charged with another homicide Tuesday, she reached out to one of her families directly impacted.

“One of the moms was numb not wanting to talk about it,” Puckett said. “Even though they have found the person who murdered her child, a different process now starts.”

Staples has a long rap sheet dating back decades.

Between 2006 to 2008, he faced multiple charges ranging from larceny, robbery with dangerous weapon, breaking or entering, and fleeing and eluding arrest.

In 2010, a conviction with concurrent sentences kept him behind bars until June 6, 2019. Less than six months after being granted parole, Staples was back in trouble with the law.

“He was involved in a tremendous amount of violent crime and it just seems senseless. Every single one of us scratched our heads to try and understand what could lead to these senseless crime, just a horrible spat of violence,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said during a press conference Tuesday.

Staples is accused in the following murders:

Dec. 9, 2019: Scott Brooks, the co-founder of Brooks’ Sandwich House, was murdered during an attempted robbery.

Dec. 23, 2019: Anthony Leakes was murdered.

Jan. 11, 2020: Siojvon Joseph and Asa Shannon murdered

Jan. 23, 2020: Andres Osbaldo Moscotte murdered in Hickory

Another suspect, 33-year-old Terry Conner Jr., was arrested in early March.

“How could someone be so cold-hearted? Five murders in a month and a half with no regards to life, no conscience, nothing. These are innocent people we’re talking about, lives that were taken,” Puckett added.

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