NoDa Art Studio Murder Suspect Dies in Jail

Malek Moore was a suspect in two murders, including the death of a Hurricane Ida evacuee near an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood.

CHARLOTTE, NC — The man accused of killing a Hurricane Ida evacuee at an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood has been found dead in a North Carolina jail, services officials said state corrections.

Malek Moore was found unconscious in his cell around 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning. First responders were called to jail but their attempts to revive Moore were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead just before 5 a.m. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said Moore’s death was ruled a suicide.

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Moore was arrested in Greensboro just days after Gabryelle Allnütt was found dead in Charlotte. He was also wanted for the murder of Christian Mbimba in the Greensboro area.

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On Sunday, Sept. 5, Allnütt was likely killed along E. 22nd Street in Charlotte near the Norfolk-Southern Rail Yard, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She had evacuated from New Orleans to Charlotte.

The FBI had been called in to assist both CMPD and Greensboro police, and had previously noted that Moore could have headed to South Carolina or Virginia. He was known to travel by train.

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