19-year-old gave false report, according to affidavit
Police say that a high school student who was at the scene when 18-year-old Adolphus Simmons was slain Jan. 21 hindered the investigation by concealing the murder suspect's identity.
Jackuez Witherspoon, 19, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder. Two juveniles, including the murder suspect, were arrested earlier in the week, but their identities have not been released because of their ages.
Witherspoon's bail was set at $75,000 during a bond hearing Saturday. His mother and other family members attended the hearing but declined to comment.
The Rev. Clary Samuels, pastor of Victory Baptist Church, says Witherspoon was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. "He was around the corner with some boys and they heard shots and ran over to see what happened," Samuels said. "He's a good boy. I can vouch for him. I don't know how he got pulled into this."
Simmons was shot around 8 p.m. while taking out the trash at Bradford Apartments on Bream Road. A freelance hair stylist with a penchant for women's clothing, Simmons has been described as jovial and fun-loving.
Spencer Pryor, North Charleston police public information office, has not said if police know of any motive behind the slaying. Pryor could not be reached for comment Saturday.
A witness told police that Witherspoon was present and aware of the shooting, according to a police affidavit. The day after the murder, Witherspoon "provided an inaccurate statement thus hindering the murder investigation and concealing the identity of the murder suspect," according to the affidavit.
Witherspoon testified in bond court Saturday that he is a senior at Greg Mathis Charter High School in Charleston and lives with his mother and stepfather in North Charleston. A police incident report lists Witherspoon as a suspect in a Jan. 7 incident at Simmons' apartment. Someone kicked in the door and took jewelry and CDs from inside, but no one was home at the time. It's unclear if that incident is connected to the shooting.
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