CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One of the two men accused of killing the co-owner of the Brooks Sandwich House in Charlotte was denied bond in court on Thursday.
Terry Connor Jr. was arrested in March of 2020 in connection with the shooting death of Scott Brooks. Connor is charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by felon.
Scott Brooks was opening the restaurant on a morning in December of 2019 when he shot during a robbery. He and his brother, David, owned the iconic sandwich house.
In court, the prosecution argued that Connor’s criminal past should be enough to hold him without bond. Connor was released from prison in September of 2019 for robbing a couple. Three months later, Brooks was robbed and killed.
The defense argued that the prosecution has no DNA evidence, physical evidence or video linking Connor to the crime.
Just before 4:30 p.m., Connor’s hearing ended, and he was denied bond. This means he will remain in the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.
Brooks’ twin brother spoke to WBTV after the hearing.
“Uplifted. That was quite the emotion I think I’ve every heard in my life. It just goes to show the resilience of the police department and prosecuting attorneys. The other half - they had nothing, and they had to admit that in a course of 5 minutes. And thank heaven he will not be on the street anytime soon,” Brooks said.
Brooks described how hard it has been living without his twin brother for the last year and a half.
“In 61 years of living with my brother, there was one question, one question only that when we were together we had to answer. And that question will never be asked again. And that question is ‘hey, which one are you’.”
Brooks Sandwich House was closed Thursday while the family went to court. The family asked that the community come out and join them as well. About a dozen people supporting the Brooks family were allowed inside the courtroom.
Jennifer Brooks Cook is a cousin of Scott Brooks. She came to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse to see what happened at the bond hearing.
“It’s been a long hard year and a half. And the stress and worry of him getting bond set has been overwhelming. I don’t want this to happen to any other family,” Cook said. “We just want him behind bars and no bail posted at all.”
Cook was wearing a t-shirt that read “Too Blessed to be Stressed.” She says that was Scott Brooks’ favorite quote. She says she tries to live by those words.
“But it’s almost hard to have that mentality sometimes because there is a lot of stress with everything that is going on,” Cook said.
Connor is charged in two other murders that happened about a month after Scott Brooks was killed. CMPD charged him with murder for the deaths of Asa Shannon and Siojvon Joseph. Shannon and Joseph were found shot and killed inside a car that was spotted down an embankment on Atando Avenue on January 11, 2020.
Several of Joseph’s family members were also in attendance for Connor’s bond hearing. Joseph’s sister Tamara Joseph says she is relieved to know Connor will not be getting out of jail before trial.
CMPD also charged Steven Staples, who was arrested back in November, for the murder of Scott Brooks and four others.
Connor and Staples were considered “partners in crime” by police, who say the two were also involved in several other robberies that resulted in murders. Staples is charged with five murders that happened within about a month and a half.
Staples is due in court on May 6.