Suspect’s bond not reduced on one-year anniversary of 3-year-old’s death in northwest Charlotte shooting

The entire shooting was caught on a neighbor’s video camera.
Police say 150 rounds were fired into a northwest Charlotte home, killing Asiah Figueroa.
Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 6:25 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Wednesday marks one year since the killing of a 3-year-old Charlotte boy in a drive-by shooting in northwest Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the suspects fired more than 150 rounds into a home on Richard Rozelle Drive, killing Asiah Figueroa and injuring his 4-year-old sister.

The entire shooting was caught on a neighbor’s video camera.

The viewer-submitted video shows multiple people opening fire on a home of Richard Rozzelle Drive in northwest Charlotte. A 3-year-old died from injuries.

One of three men charged in connection with Figueroa’s killing, Jacob Lanier, appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

Lanier is charged with murder, attempted first-degree murder, and other counts. Two other suspects, Qua’tonio Stephens and Kaleb Lawrence are expected in court in October.

Figueroa’s great-grandmother Susie Whitley and several other family members came to the court appearance pleading for the judge not to reduce Lanier’s bond.

“He [doesn’t] need to be out here walking around, my great grandson isn’t here walking around,” Whitley said. “I don’t feel like he needs a bond at all. He’s a threat to the community and I feel like he’s gonna run if he gets out or retaliate in some kind of way.”

It has been one year since Asiah Figueroa was killed in his own home.

Lanier’s attorney suggested Lanier be able to bond out since he has no prior record. He also stated Lanier’s desire to return to college and he presented the judge with three character reference letters. Lanier’s family was also present.

The judge reviewed the letters and statements from the prosecutor and defense attorney before announcing that Lanier’s more than $2 million bond would not be reduced.

“The defendant will remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office,” the judge said.

To commemorate Figueroa’s memory, a balloon release at Rozzelle’s Landing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in honor of the child.

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