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Brandon Simmons trial begins in deputy's wounding, published 12/14/10

Charleston County sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow is expected to take the stand today in the trial of Brandon Simmons, who is accused of firing six shots at DeGrow on Jan. 21.

James Islanders who were around the Grimball Road area on the morning of the shooting testified Tuesday during the trial's second day.

A few testified that they had seen Simmons, whose street name is pronounced "Busy," that morning, but none identified him, or anyone else, as the shooter. Neighbor Remus Chisolm, 76, called 911 following the shooting but testified that he didn't see who shot DeGrow.

Simmons faces two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count of possessing a firearm during a violent crime.

DeGrow arrived at the Grimball Road area to investigate a home burglary there, and he later confronted three men he saw walking nearby. The three fled, and DeGrow followed one of them. Shortly afterward he was shot six times, struck in the eye, head and body, but survived.

Curtis Williams, 21, who was charged with misprision of felony, testified that Simmons sent him two or three letters, called "kites," while they were in jail together at the Charleston County Detention Center.

Williams, whose street name is "C.J.," read profanity-strewn excerpts from these messages aloud in the court. "I ain't never seen you, and you ain't never seen me," one read. "Say exactly what I tell you to say," read another.

Simmons' attorney, Beattie Butler of the Charleston County Public Defender's Office, is expected to cross-examine Williams as soon as the trial resumes at 9:30 this morning.

DeGrow, who wears a patch over his right eye that was struck by a bullet, identified Simmons from a photo lineup shortly after the shooting, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said during her opening argument.

DeGrow could testify to that after Williams leaves the witness stand.

Circuit Judge Deadra Jefferson is presiding.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.