1 arrested in slaying of St. Stephen man


A 23-year-old St. Stephen man died from a single gunshot wound to the head Tuesday night.

Investigators on Wednesday arrested the man who lives at the home where they found the body, but they shared few details.

Berkeley County Deputy Coroner Kristin Demmerle on Wednesday identified the man who died at 146 West Point Drive near St. Stephen as David Sepulveda. Berkeley County sheriff’s investigators later arrested 30-year-old Franklin Lamont Ham, a resident at the West Point address, on a murder charge.

They declined to release a motive in the shooting, as the investigation continues. Ham was scheduled for a bond court appearance Wednesday night, but the court date was postponed.

Berkeley County sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon said investigators received a call about a shooting at around 7:46 p.m. Tuesday. They found Sepulveda dead at the home.

Ham’s prior record includes convictions on several drug-possession offenses. Most recently, in 2010, he was convicted of giving false information, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.

Records show that Sepulveda was a registered sex offender. He was convicted of committing or attempting to commit a lewd act on a child younger than 16 in 2006 and was released from prison in 2008.

Moon would not say if Tuesday’s shooting had any connection to that case.

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