CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A teen accused of murder made her first court appearance in court today.
17-year-old Yamina Rookard made her first court appearance on Thursday. The teen did not speak while in court.
Her parents and other family members were there in support while the judge read her charges of first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Police say that around 11:20 p.m. on October 17, officers responded to the 3100 block of Central Ave. in response to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival, they found Jessica Dawn Smith, 29, behind a laundromat with an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rookard was arrested on Dec. 12. The district attorney mentioned in court that surveillance video from the laundromat and Rookard's social media postings tied her to crime.
The teen's public defender opted to speak on her clean criminal history and support she had from her family in court today.
Her bond is set at $500,000 for the murder charge and remains at $50,000 for the armed robbery charge.
If she is able the make bail, the judge says Rookard will be on 24-hour electronic monitoring. Her next court dates are scheduled for Dec. 21 and 31.