Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Newspaper Delivery Man in Uptown Charlotte

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A jury found Roger Best guilty of murdering, Walter “Wes” Edwin Scott, Jr., a newspaper delivery man in Uptown Charlotte.

The jury found Best guilty on all counts: first degree murder, premeditation and deliberation, felony robbery, attempted armed robbery, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Best was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole as well as an additional 101-146 months in prison, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

Scott was delivering copies of the Charlotte Observer in Uptown Charlotte when Best and an unknown accomplice attempted to rob him.  Best raised a handgun during the robbery and fired the weapon 12 times, shooting Scott multiple times.

Scott, who was also a volunteer South Carolina constable, was able to pull out his own gun and fire at Best.  The only shot Scott fired hit Best in the abdomen.  Scott died at the scene.

Best ran from the scene but was captured on surveillance footage dropping the murder weapon into a nearby bush.  He was also seen placing a glove he was wearing in a recycling bin.  Prosecutors say Best flagged down officers a few blocks from the murder scene, seeking help for his gunshot wound.

During the investigation, officers recovered the gun and glove.  Testing confirmed Best’s DNA was found on both items, according to a news release from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

A firearm analysis also determined the bullets fired at Scott were from the gun Best tossed in the bush and the bullet retrieved from Best’s abdomen was fired from Scott’s gun.

See below for a previous story about the murder investigation.

Original Story (Posted January 31, 2020):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Emotional first day of testimony Friday in the trial of a man charged in the murder of a well-known Charlotte newspaper delivery man.  Walter ‘Wes’ Scott, Jr., was shot to death in Uptown in 2017.  Friday, two CMPD officers who were first on the scene that night told the court what they saw.

Prosecutor: “Was he moving?

Officer Nance: “No.

Prosecutor: “Was he breathing when you got there?”

Nance: “Uh, no.”

Prosecutors and the defense laid out their case to the jury during opening statements Friday in the murder trial of Roger Best.  Prosecutors say Best set out to rob someone that night back in February of 2017.  They say he walked up to the victim, Scott, in Romare Bearden Park, while he was delivering newspapers.

They say Best tried to rob Scott, and then shot him.  Scott managed to shoot Best before he died in the middle of the street.  The first CMPD officers on the scene that night took the stand for the prosecution.  They fought back tears as they told the court they knew immediately who the victim was.

The suspect, Best, was also shot that night.  He flagged down police to get help.  Scott’s son, Tristin Turner, also testified Friday.  He told the court his father started selling newspapers for the Observer when he was just 12 years old.