North Carolina prison inmate arrested in killing of Charlotte woman 15 years ago

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — An inmate in a North Carolina prison has been charged with killing a woman in Charlotte 15 years ago.

Multiple media outlets report that 57-year-old Gary Hames has been charged in the January 2000 stabbing death of 68-year-old Lottie Mae Webb.

Police who had been asked to check on Webb by neighbors concerned about a broken window found her body in her bed at home. Capt. Cecil Brisbon says DNA evidence collected at the time did not identify a suspect because of technological limitations.

The case was reopened in 2013 and an arrest warrant says blood from the scene matched Hames. He also is charged with armed robbery and felony breaking and entering.

"The evidence was always there in the home," Brisbon said. "There are some capabilities now that weren't there years ago."

It was not clear if Hames has a lawyer.

Hames was in prison in Maury serving time for habitual breaking and entering.

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