Harvey Pleads Not Guilty to Habitual Felon Charge

From The Charlotte Observer By Meghan Cooke, May 31, 2012

Michael Harvey, the man charged in the 2010 death of Valerie Hamilton, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to being a habitual felon.

Harvey, a 36-year-old registered sex offender with a long criminal record, has previously pleaded not guilty to murder in Hamilton’s death. His trial is scheduled to begin in July.

Hamilton, 23, went out with friends to Thomas Street Tavern off Central Avenue in September 2010 and left with Harvey. Days later, the daughter of then-Concord police Chief Merl Hamilton was found wrapped in sheets in a storage unit along Monroe Road.

Her autopsy showed that Hamilton died from a combination of heroin and cocaine. Police charged Harvey with murder, saying he failed to get Hamilton medical help despite being told by others that she needed to be taken to the hospital.

Harvey has said that Hamilton overdosed in her sleep.

Harvey also faces charges of concealing a death, possession of a counterfeit controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a gun by a felon and larceny of a vehicle.

On Thursday, Harvey appeared for only a few minutes in a Mecklenburg courtroom, where his attorney said he would plea not guilty to the habitual felon charge. Harvey did not speak.

Harvey was convicted of a first-degree sex offense in New York state in 1996, records show. In 2006, he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Mecklenburg County, and in 2009, he was convicted of felony larceny and breaking and entering. That same year, he was convicted of shoplifting in Iredell.

Last year, he was convicted of breaking and entering vehicles and larceny in Gaston County.

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