Murder Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Shooting Protestor During 2016 Uptown Charlotte Riots

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The murder trial for the man accused of shooting a protester during the 2016 riots in Uptown Charlotte begins today.

Police say 24-year-old Rayquan Borum shot 26-year-old Justin Carr in the head, killing him.

The shooting occurred outside the Omni Hotel on Sept. 21, 2016.

Hundreds of protesters were also nearby demonstrating after the deadly police shooting of Keith Scott.

Back in 2017, Borum turned down a plea deal. Proescutors say he admitted to firing the gun.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An autopsy report released by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office states that Justin Carr was shot in the head.

Carr was in Uptown Charlotte during protests that erupted throughout the city after the officer-involved shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

Carr was standing in front of the Omni Hotel in Uptown, surrounded by numerous protesters, when he was shot in the head.  Police arrested Rayquan Borum, 21, of Charlotte two days after the shooting.  He has been charged with first degree murder.

Carr died one day after the shooting.  An autopsy released by the ME Office claims Carr was shot just above his left ear.