Police charges suspect in 1991 cold case shooting

Yolanda Yvette Hoey’s son was 6 when the Charlotte mom was found fatally shot in the back seat of her car in 1991, police said.

Although police had a suspect for years, they never had enough evidence to charge him, Sgt. Darrell Price of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police cold case unit said at a news conference at CMPD headquarters Wednesday morning.

Relying on what they called improved crime lab technology, a police cold-case unit obtained a Mecklenburg County grand jury indictment on Monday charging suspect Louis Samuels, now 60, with first-degree murder.

Hoey was 26 years old when she was found a week after her family reported her missing, according to a CMPD news release on Wednesday. She had been shot several times , police said.

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Police found Hoey in a car on Ventura Way, in the Hidden Valley neighborhood in northeast Charlotte.

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Samuels, now 60, was already in

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