31-year-old Steven Staples has been arrested, charged with murdering 5 people within weeks in Charlotte, NC and Hickory, NC. The murdered are Scott Brooks, Andres Moscotte who was shot and killed on January 23, 2020 in Hickory, NC, Anthony Leaks, Siojvon Joseph, and Asa Shannon.
Steven is a convicted felon and served 12 years in prison for robbery and a high speed chase. Steven was released from prison in June 2019; the alleged killing spree started shortly afterwards.
Andes Moscotte, 23, was killed on January 23, 2020 during an altercation at a residence in Hickory, NC. Andes was shot and died on site. Steven and other men were arrested and charged with the murder of Andes.
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Siojvon Joseph, 35, and Asa Shannon, 35, were killed in a double homicide shooting on January 11, 2020 on the side of a road in a SUV. The two were both shot and died on the scene.