Get-Tough Prosecutor Murray Succeeds Gilchrist in Charlotte


Andrew Murray, who takes over as prosecutor in Charlotte, N.C., after Peter Gilchrist’s 36-year run there, tells the Charlotte Observer his top priority is “addressing the revolving door of justice where defendants commit additional crimes after securing low jail bonds or completing light sentences.” Murray says he has met with police chief Rodney Monroe to start mending the strained relationship between his office and the Police Department.

Murray tells the newspaper: “There will definitely be a culture change in the district attorney’s office, which will go a long way toward restoring the public’s confidence” and adds that, “in certain categories like habitual offenders, convicted felons with guns and repeat offenders the plea offers will be tougher.”

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