January 17, 2018
By Ryan Pitkin @pitkin_ryan
The year started off quietly enough.
Through the first 10 days of 2018, there had not been one homicide in Charlotte. By comparison, there had been four in the first four days of 2017. But on January 11, that silence was shattered in Westerly Hills, a usually peaceful neighborhood on the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor.
That afternoon, police responded to a call at a home on Carlyle Drive and found 24-year-old Brittany White dead of a gunshot wound. One of White's children, 3-year-old Julianna, was in the home, but police could not find her 3-month-old sister, Journei. Homicide detectives put the word out that the children's father, Jonathan Bennett, was wanted for White's murder and was believed to have left the home with Journei.
The infant was soon found safe, but Bennett remained on the run until he showed up at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in Uptown just before midnight and ambushed a [..] read more