NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) – Bond has been denied for two teenagers accused of shooting a man after the victim helped them pull their SUV out of a ditch in North Charleston.
Deon Frasier, 17, and 19-year-old Michael Dupree-Tyler, both of North Charleston, were in bond court Tuesday night after they were arrested at an apartment on Dorchester Road after a gunshot victim was found on Durant Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday.
The victim was later identified as 45-year-old Chadwick Garrett of North Charleston.
Garrett’s family was present during Tuesday’s hearing and called the two teens “cowards.”
A newly released affidavit states the incident began Monday night in the area of Durant Avenue and North Jimtown Drive where a witness asked Garrett to assist the suspects in pulling their 2016 Dodge Durango out of a ditch on the side of Durant Avenue.
According to witnesses, Garrett agreed to pull the suspects’ SUV out of the ditch for $20.
Authorities say after Garrett pulled the suspects’ vehicle out of the ditch, Garrett asked the suspects about the money they owed him at which point Frasier took out a gun and fired multiple shots striking Garrett in the chest.
The affidavit states Frasier then got into the passenger side of the Durango while Tyler drove.
Authorities say 20 minutes after the shooting happened, 911 operators received a call from a female subject at a Dorchester Road apartment in reference in reference to the suspects using her SUV without permission.
According to investigators, she provided a description of the vehicle and two subjects that had her vehicle which matched the suspects’ vehicle.
The affidavit states the female subject tried to cancel the police response due to the vehicle being returned.
When officers arrived at the female subject’s home she told authorities that the suspects were inside the home.
Officers say following a brief standoff, the suspects left the home, were transported to City Hall where they both waived their Miranda Rights.
Investigators say Tyler confessed to being on the scene of the shooting, and Frasier confessed to shooting the victim.
A woman who lives near the crime scene heard the gunshots. She declined to give her name or have her face shown on camera.
“I heard about three gunshots because I was sitting down getting ready to eat, I thought it was firecrackers,” she said. “It’s dirty, evil.”
She says her husband opened the door to take a look outside.
“He saw a van in a ditch, and that white truck was pulling the van out. He can’t hear but he said he heard the pop too,” she said.
In addition to the murder charge, Frasier also is charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
According to court records, he is out on bond on a charge of possession of a stolen car.