Second suspect charged in deadly Steak 'N Shake armed robbery

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A second suspect has been charged in a deadly armed robbery at Steak 'N Shake in south Charlotte, and police say the pair are connected to at least one additional robbery.

Kiara Monique Murphy, 26, is charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. App users, click here.

"The violent criminal apprehension team located Murphy and her vehicle in the North Tryon division. She was stopped a short distance from where they located her and she was taken into custody," Capt. Rob Dance.

Murphy has little to no criminal record in Mecklenburg County.

The shooting happened Tuesday at the Steak 'N Shake on South Boulevard in the Sterling neighborhood. The restaurant was packed with employees and customers when Darnell Harris, an employee, was shot and killed.

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Murphy appeared before a judge on Thursday, who read her list of charges which included murder. The judge appointed her an attorney and said her case will automatically go before the superior court. 

"You're also charged with these felonies I would suspect they're being considered first degree murder which we call felony murder," the judge told Murphy. 

The alleged shooter, 30-year-old Eddie Doh, was shot by officers from the Pineville Police Department, who were in the area after responding to a call nearby. A customer, 53-year-old Robert Carpenter Jr, was also injured. He was being treated at the hospital.

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"It's senseless. When you hurt one person you hurt many people and it trickles down even on your side because if you kill someone you go to prison and you're hurting your family members," Harris' brother Branded Ruffin said.  

Harris, who has been described by the community as a hard worker and overall good person, fought back against Doh, according to police.

"He engaged the suspect, who he saw to be armed. He fought valiantly, and he gave his life to save others," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. "He is more than a number."

Harris' family released a statement saying they weren't surprised that the man who was a friend to many stepped in to stop the shooter

"We are not shocked to learn that he would step in to defend his coworkers and even strangers, because that's just who he was. He was a great man and a protector, and we will miss him," the statement read. 

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Authorities said they found multiple weapons found at the scene and were working to learn who they belonged to.

Detectives managed to link Doh and Murphy to a robbery on July 3 at East Coast Wings in NorthLake. Investigators said Murphy dropped Doh off and then left the area. The same car was used in both crimes. Detectives were signing warrants for robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

East Coast Wings released the following statement:

Doh, who has a previous criminal history, was out of jail on probation for his role in the murder of 17-year-old Aerial Patterson in 2011.

"Mr. Harris' sacrifice comes because violent repeat offenders are not being held accountable," Putney said.

"I don't have my brother in the physical, but he's with me spiritually and like I said my family will be okay and strong," Ruffin said.