CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Cold Case Unit arrested 49-year-old Jackie Sanders on Wednesday in connection with a 1988 murder case.

On Jan. 14, 1988, officers found cab driver Dwight Thomas Corum fatally shot inside his cab. DNA was collected but no suspect was identified.

The case was reviewed in 2013 and evidence was submitted to the CMPD Crime Lab for DNA examination. Based on that evidence, Sanders was identified as the suspect. He was interviewed by detectives and warrants were issued. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Sanders is currently incarcerated in the Tabor Correctional Institute in Tabor City, N.C., where he is serving time for habitual felon. 

The CMPD Cold Case Unit has reviewed 143 cases since it began in 2003.  Of those cases, 42 have been cleared and 27 of those were cleared by arrest.