CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vurnel Smith Jr., the man accused of attacking his wife and murdering her parents in north Charlotte in July, was denied bond on two murder charges Wednesday morning.

Smith, 40, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday morning. He is facing 12 years to life if convicted of both murder charges, 10-41 months for inflicting serious injury, and 12 years to life for rape. A judge issued Smith $1.6 million bond for felony assault, forcible kidnapping, and felony forcible rape.

Smith is charged with the murders of 65-year-old Jacqueline White-Gordon and 69-year-old Rufus Gordon. On July 27, officers responded to a call from Carolinas Medical Center-University when a woman said her parents were in danger. Officers found White-Gordon's body in a home on Red Clay Lane. Later that morning, police made the shocking discovery of a dead man in the trunk of the car driven to the hospital by the third victim.

Vurnel Smith Jr. mugshot
Vurnel Smith Jr. (Photo: CMPD)

A woman’s call for help from the hospital came days after her parents were murdered. White-Gordon and Rufus Gordon were killed on July 25, according to new documents.


According to the police report, Smith hit the surviving victim, his wife, with a metal object and tied her up.


In 2015, Smith was arrested in Kannapolis for breaking into someone's home and raping them.