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Bond denied for suspect in drive-by shooting of Charlotte 3-year-old

One of the suspects was denied bond again in custody on Thursday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One month ago, 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa was killed when 150 shots were fired at his family's home on Richard Rozzelle Drive. His case is expected to go to a grand jury.

Thursday, one of the men accused of murder in the case was denied bond in a bond hearing. He was initially denied bond in September. 

Kaleb Lawrence, 21, faces charges of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, nine counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property, fleeing/eluding arrest in a motor vehicle, and reckless driving with willful and wanton disregard, according to the sheriff's office. 

Two other men also face charges in Figueroa's death: 21-year-old Jacob Lanier and 21-year-old Qua'Tonio Stephens

Lanier has been charged with murder, eight counts of attempted murder, nine counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and conspiracy to commit murder. Stephens was charged in connection to the shooting on charges of accessory after the fact to murder, felony flee to elude, seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling.  

Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots.  

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

Because of the public nature of this crime, mugshots are being shown.