CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If 19-year-old Kevin McClary was worried about coming to court, he didn't show it Tuesday. He wore a big smile.
Contrast that with his alleged partner, 17-year-old Mauricio Salazar-Peiti, who is facing numerous accessory after the fact charges.
"He looked worried and he was crying," said Belkis Salazar, his sister. She attended his first appearance in a Mecklenburg County Courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
McClary is charged in a convenience store robbery spree that occurred early last Thursday morning, in which four stores were hit.
He's also accused of a Sunday morning home invasion. The victims in that case were a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer and his 11-year-old son.
Jon Dunham was shot in the shoulder and is recovering at home.
In court, the judge read part of the arrest warrant that accuses Salazar-Peiti of trying to hide McClary's gun.
His sister denies that allegation. "He didn't hide the gun. What they found on him was the iPhone," she said.
They believe he made the mistake of taking McClary's phone, not his gun.
"So many people around the complex say Mauricio is innocent, if they need us. We’re sure he didn't do nothing because he was sleeping at the time," said his sister.
Mauricio is undocumented. The family moved from Honduras four years ago and they are worried that the 17 year old might be sent back home.
"I'm worried because the violence in my country is really hard. Four years ago somebody killed my brother," said the sister.