16-Year-Old Charged In Death Of Teen Found In SE Charlotte Driveway

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Police have charged a 16-year-old for the murder of Jaqual Bennett.  Investigators say Scott Penaloza killed Bennett in southeast Charlotte on November 4th.

Bennett was found dead in a driveway on Village Lake Drive just before 4am.  Police have not released any additional information about the arrest at this time.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The CMPD is conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in southeast Charlotte.

Officers responded to a call in the 1800 block of Village Lake Drive at 3:40 a.m. Saturday morning.  Upon arrival, they found Jaqual Malik Bennett, 18, lying dead in the driveway.

The cause of death has not been released but the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Goncalves is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600