Charleston police are looking for a suspect in the death of an 18-year-old who was stabbed when somebody broke into his house Wednesday morning.
Brandon Bennett, the teen who was stabbed, lived on Congress Street, a neighborhood just west of King Street and north of the Septima P. Clark Parkway. Friends and relatives said he never caused any trouble and had never been arrested. He was attending Trident Technical College.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Terrell Smith, 17, of Audubon Avenue in North Charleston. He's charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Smith had been arrested on narcotics charges March 12 and released from jail on his own recognizance, according to court records. He was scheduled to face a judge on that charge June 20.
Bennett's father, Darryl Bennett, chased a man out of the house around 8 a.m. Wednesday, then came back inside to find that his son had been stabbed. Brandon Bennett died at 8:21 a.m. at Medical University Hospital.
The intruder got in after he cut a screen off a side window, according to police. Investigators dusted the area with powder to check for fingerprints.
Neighbors described the family as law-abiding and respectful and Brandon Bennett as always polite.
Smith is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call dispatch at 743-7200 and ask for the on-call Charleston detective or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
Andrew Knapp contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.