Two brothers accused of the May robbery of a Charlotte mattress store run by a Lake Wylie couple – who later were gunned down at their home – have pleaded not guilty in federal court.
Doug London, 63, and Debbie London, 61, were shot to death Oct. 23 at their lakefront home on a dead-end peninsula in an upscale Lake Wylie neighborhood. Both were working at the store at the time it was robbed.
York County deputies investigating the crime have repeatedly declined to offer any details about the investigation. Local and federal investigators have declined to say why the FBI became interested in the May robbery only after the Londons were killed, and whether there is any connection between the May robbery and the October killings.
Jamell Cureton, 22, and Nana Adoma, 19, both charged with robbery in May, were in the Mecklenburg County jail when the Londons were killed. Cureton’s lawyer, Chiege Okwara, has said Cureton had no role in the killings. Police say Cureton confessed to playing a role in the robbery.
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Adoma, who told police he was the lookout for the robbery, according to court and police documents, appeared in court briefly Tuesday to plead not guilty to the federal charges of interstate robbery and using a gun during a violent crime.
After Tuesday’s hearing, Adoma’s lawyer, Richard Culler of Charlotte, declined to comment on the killings at Lake Wylie.
Leslie Musgrove has said her brother died with a gun in his hand, defending his family. Police have declined to comment on whether Doug London was armed when he and his wife were shot. Court documents allege that London shot Cureton in the abdomen during the May 25 robbery of the Wholesale Mattress Warehouse in Charlotte.
Police and prosecutors have declined to say if investigators believe Cureton and Adoma have any connection to the killings. David Lee Fudge, 21, who drove the getaway car the day of the robbery, was free after being sentenced to probation following his guilty plea earlier this year to accessory after the fact.
Cureton and Adoma remain in jail without bond pending their federal trials.