Dead teen’s ‘devastated’ father pleads for suspect to remain jailed No bail for 17-year-old facing murder, firearm charges in hotel death

The family of 18-year-old Keith Graham Jr., who was shot and killed, watches as a judge addresses Macon Lincoln, 17, who is accused in the shooting.

MONCKS CORNER — A Summerville father pleaded with a judge Monday night to keep the teenager accused of killing his only son behind bars.

Macon Lincoln, 17, of Tulip Street said few words when he appeared before Judge Otis Prioleau for a bond hearing at the Berkeley County jail on charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful possession of a firearm.

His family watched intently from his left side and the family of the man he allegedly killed, 18-year-old Keith Graham Jr., watched from his right.

“He’s totally a danger and should not be given any kind of bond,” said Keith Edwin Graham Sr. as his family quietly sobbed behind him. “He’s devastated me and my family. The evidence I have is the dead body of my son, my only son. ... There’s no reason to let someone this dangerous out on the streets to harm anyone else or anyone else’s child.”

Prioleau did not have the authority to set bail on the murder charge but denied bail on the firearms charges. Afterward, he apologized to both families for what they were going through.

Lincoln, answering only “yes” and “no” to questions during the bond hearing, was arrested within hours of allegedly shooting Graham about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the second floor elevator of the Econo Lodge on Holiday Drive in Summerville, according to police Capt. Jon Rogers. Neither of the teens has a criminal history in South Carolina, according to a check with the State Law Enforcement Division.

Lincoln was involved in a fight at a hotel party involving several individuals, including Graham, according to the arrest affidavit. He was caught on hotel surveillance video possessing a .38 special revolver in the area of the elevator, brandishing it and then fleeing with the weapon, the document states.

Lincoln was identified by an unnamed witness but also admitted to “possessing, discharging and fleeing” with the pistol used to kill Graham, according to the affidavit.

Graham previously said that his son went to the party with his 19-year-old sister. The fight that broke out was between the sister and two males who allegedly made a threatening comment, he said. The siblings headed to the elevator to leave, but the males followed.

Graham said his son jumped in front of his sister to protect her and try to get the males out of the elevator, which is when he was shot. He died a short time later at Trident Medical Center.

The party they attended was referred to by Graham as a “kickback party,” a gathering held in a hotel room. Rogers declined Monday to reveal how many people were at the hotel party or what the fight was about, citing the ongoing investigation. He added that police know who rented the hotel room but that no charges had been filed, and he would not say if there was underage drinking.

The Econo Lodge in Summerville has not returned multiple calls for comment.

Rogers also refused to release the police report from the shooting, noting that it had been filed but that it was “rejected back to the officer for corrections.”

S.C. Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers said Monday that an ongoing investigation is not a reason to withhold a police report.

“The law requires him to release the report without a written request,” he added. “The public has a right to see this.”

Lincoln’s family declined to comment about the shooting after his bond hearing.

When asked if the teen wanted to make any comments to the judge, he paused and looked longingly at his family, sighed and then shook his head no.

Graham’s mother, Dreame Rorie, said after the hearing that she was disappointed and still in disbelief that Lincoln had a gun in the first place.

“If you want a gun, get a water gun,” she said, shaking her head. “That’s a little boy in there that killed my son, a misguided little boy.”

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