Medical Examiner: Murder not the cause of man found dead in hotel room

- The cause of death for a man who was discovered dead inside a motel room Monday morning in northeast Charlotte has not been ruled a homicide, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The man has been identified as James Timothy Rowland, 57. His family has been notified of his death. 

The body was found at 10:26 a.m. Monday, May 14 at a motel located in the 4900 block of Reagan Drive at the Garden Inn & Suites.

Upon arrival, officers found a man inside the motel room with 'apparent injuries.' He was pronounced dead on scene by Medic. 

"That’s crazy. This is supposed to be secure. Here’s somebody laying dead in the room, two doors down from me, two or three doors down from me. That’s crazy," said hotel resident Bryant Sampson.

The increase in temperatures outside just may have something to do with the violent weekend in Charlotte. Three people were killed and eight injured in six different incidents on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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"The temperature’s going up and we know we find an increase in violence as the temperature goes up, I’m sure it’s a physiological thing that goes on but beyond that, it’s just a matter of us trying to get in between these different types of instances and work towards prevention," said Capt. Mike Campagna with CMPD.

Social media may also be fueling the tension, according to CMPD.

"These are mostly conflicts between individuals that blossom on social media," Campagna said.

"Young people today, it’s 24 hours a day this ability to perpetuate these conflicts online and through social media, it just ramps things up I think that much more."

This case remains an ongoing, active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call (704) 432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

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