A third teenager has been charged in connection with the killing of a University of the Cumberlands baseball player who was shot while responding to an online sales app in North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged Demonte McCain, 17, with murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
He and two 15-year-olds are accused of killing Zachary Joseph Finch on June 18 in the 2300 block of Farmer Street in southwest Charlotte. The names of the two 15-year-olds have not been released because of their age, officials said.
Investigators didn’t say what led them to identify McCain as a suspect in the case.
Finch was killed while responding to an online sales app similar to Craigslist, officials said. Finch, 21, pitched for the University of the Cumberlands. He was on a full scholarship with the program, his family said, and he was studying public health, with one year left to go before graduation.
His parents moved to the Charlotte area from south Florida a couple of years ago, and their three children attended college in different states, relatives said.
Officers found Finch lying on the ground in the front yard of an apartment. He died at the scene. Farmer Street is in southwest Charlotte, close to Barringer Elementary School.
Finch was attempting to buy a cellphone when he was shot, police said. The meeting to sell the phone was set up through an online application called Letgo. Police said Finch didn’t know the people he was meeting.
Robbery was the motive, and there is no evidence that a fight or any type of need to defend themselves prompted the shooting, investigators said.
Publicity about the killing prompted police to announce weeks ago that it was creating “safe exchange areas” where Charlotte residents can handle sales made via internet apps.