Another arrest made in Kannapolis murder

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2011

KANNAPOLIS — Police have charged a second person with murder in the Aug. 9 shooting of a man whose body was found lying in the middle Central Drive.
Travis Tre’vance Boyce, 16, of 2003 Katherine St., was charged Wednesday with first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, the Kannapolis Police Department said this evening.
Police previously charged a 15-year-old with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Jason Michael Sides, 33, was discovered lying in the 2000 block of Central Drive with a gunshot wound in his upper body after 911 received a call around 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 9. Emergency medical responders tried to save Sides’ life, but could not.
He’d left the E-Z Stop Convenience Store near the corner of Central and Wright Avenue just minutes earlier and was walking toward his home less than a half-mile away.
On Aug. 10, police charged the 15-year-old with murder and robbery, as well as three counts of felony breaking and entering and three counts of felony larceny.
They also charged a second 15-year-old with two counts of felony breaking and entering and two counts of felony larceny.
Police said the break-in and larceny charges were related to separate offenses both teenagers are suspected of committing elsewhere in the city.
Police gave few details about the 15-year-old suspects because they are minors. Under state law, the 15-year-old charged with murder will be treated as an adult if probable cause is found to prosecute on that charge, and his identity will be released.
Sides had lived in the neighborhood around 10 years and frequently walked to the E-Z stop, where a manager called him a “quiet person.”
His sister, Melissa, called Sides “a good father, son and brother.” She said Sides had a son just a year younger than his accused killer.
Kannapolis police say the investigation remains open.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the crime to call the Kannapolis Police Department at 704-920-4000 or Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers at 704-932-7463.