Crime

Probation revoked for man charged in Lake Wylie killings

A Charlotte man who was on probation when he allegedly killed a Lake Wylie couple in October was sentenced to up to three years in prison Monday after his probation was revoked.

Malcolm Jarrell Hartley, 21, could be just a week away from being brought to South Carolina to face much more serious double-murder charges.

Hartley is accused of killing Doug and Debbie London on Oct. 23 at their Lake Wylie home in an exclusive waterfront neighborhood. Months earlier, the Londons had been robbed at gunpoint at their Charlotte mattress store, and authorities believe they were killed to keep them from testifying against the robbery defendants. Briana Johnson, 19, of Concord, N.C., a friend of Hartley, also is charged with two counts of murder. Both could face the death penalty if convicted.

Hartley was on probation from a 2012 armed robbery of a pizza store employee.

On Monday, Hartley’s probation was revoked by Mecklenburg County Judge Gregory Hayes, who then activated the 20-36 month sentence from the conspiracy to commit armed robbery conviction.

Hartley, being kept in a segregated unit of the Mecklenburg County jail until his extradition hearing March 12, admitted to failing to pay his probation payments, failing to handle the payments for his supervised release and violating probation by getting arrested Oct. 31 for possession of drug paraphernalia, said Victoria Perez, Hartley’s public defender in the Charlotte case.

Hartley has fought extradition since he was charged Jan. 29 in the London killings. An extradition hearing is set for March 12 at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, and experts say it is almost assured Hartley will lose that battle and be brought to the York County jail.

Jamell Cureton, 22; his brother, Nana Adoma, 19; and David Lee Fudge, 21, an alleged high-ranking member of the Bloods gang; face federal interstate robbery and weapons charges from the May 25 robbery of the Londons’ store. Police say Doug London shot Cureton as the two exchanged gunfire. All three are in jail in Charlotte without bond.

Cureton and Adoma were in jail in Charlotte when the Londons were killed. Fudge, who had already pleaded guilty to being the getaway driver in the robbery, was free on probation at the time of the killings. Fudge was later arrested on the federal charges and put back in jail without bond. Two weeks later, police charged Hartley and Johnson with the killings.

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