CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte is digging into the criminal records of two teenagers charged in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old.
Police say Anthony Frazier was shot and killed while inside the car with his family back in January. On Thursday, the two suspects had their first court appearance after being arrested earlier this week.
NBC Charlotte has learned that both suspects were charged with other crimes even after the murder.
On Thursday, the mother of one of them expressed her sympathy for the victim’s family.
The two young suspects are charged in connection with the murder of an even younger victim, 14-year-old Anthony Frazier. He’s the son of a Kannapolis police officer.
Outside of court, the mother of one of the suspects, visibly shaken, expressed sympathy to the family.
“My heart goes out to the parents, my heart goes deeply for the parents,” says the mother of 17-year-old Reginald Edmonds.
Edmonds is charged with accessory after the fact. The judge kept his bond at $25,000 despite family asking for leniency. He could face additional charges, according to the judge.
Police say Edmonds was acquaintances with Mangasha Clark, the alleged murderer. His bond was denied on Thursday.
Now, NBC Charlotte has learned both suspects were charged with burglary even after the Jan. 2 murder. Edmonds also had charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny later on that month.
Police say neither suspect knew Anthony Frazier, when he was shot and killed in a car with his family after a birthday.
“We have a lot of our cases where there is some sort of relationship, that gives the detectives something to work from, that did make the job that much more difficult,” said an investigator with CMPD.
Both suspects are due back in court on April 26 for a bond hearing.