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Behind The Scenes With Charlotte's Cold Case Unit

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Detective David Phillips with the CMPD Cold Case Unit says that since the unit started in 2003, they have reviewed 134 cases, cleared 38, made 23 arrests associated with those cases.

“We have a 100% clear rate and conviction rate as well. They’ve either been convicted in court or they pled guilty to another charge,” Phillips said.

Each case is ranked on a scale after it gets reviewed.

“We would give the case a number. One is it’s a case that needs an immediate response. As soon as the detective can start on it, they need to work that case. A four or five would be, without a major break or new information coming in, there’s not a lot that can be done on it,” he said.

The files are kept in house, organized by open homicide cases and cleared cases. Phillips says that having a lab also in the building has helped speed up the process with a lot of these cases, so that families can get the closer they deserve.

“As long as this unit is here, it’s serving a purpose and its working on cases that for years weren’t getting the attention it deserves.”

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