UNCC Shooting Suspect Waives Right to Appear in Court

Andrew Tetreault

Tristan Terrell was scheduled to appear in Mecklenburg Co. Court Thursday, but waived right to appear.

Thursday afternoon May 2, 2019, the suspect accused of killing two people and wounding four others in a shooting at UNC Charlotte waived his right to appear before District Court Judge Ronald Chapman in a Mecklenburg County courtroom. 23-year old Tristan Terrell has been charged with the shooting at the Kennedy Building on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Terrell who is being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail, was scheduled to appear in Mecklenburg County Court for a first appearance Thursday afternoon. According to District Court Chapman "Pursuant to North Carolina General Statue 15A-601, gives notice of his waiver of this right to be personally present, or appear by video during first appearance in district court."

Prior to the conclusion of the first appearance hearing for Terrell, the charges were read to the court. Tristan Terrell is charged with two counts of first degree murder, four counts of attempted first degree murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, one count of possession of a firearm on educational property, and one count of discharging a firearm on educational property.

According to court records, Terrell's next court appearance is tentatively set for May 15, 2019 for a bond hearing.