The mother of slain bartender Eric Brantley for the first time on Thursday faced the 17-year-old suspected of shooting her son last week in a dark North Charleston parking lot.
De’Andre Murphy stared into a camera that brought his image into a courtroom, reacted little and said nothing as he heard a victims advocate read a statement from the mother, Suzanne Sentner, during the bond hearing.
Sentner told Murphy that he had acted with hatred when the police said he and another teen killed the 43-year-old Brantley behind The Sparrow, the Park Circle bar where he had been working early on April 20.
“You will never be remembered as a kind, compassionate person on the day of your death,” Sentner said through the North Charleston Police Department advocate, Lisa Bullard. “You will only be remembered as a coward, a thug and a murderer.”
Murphy faces charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm in a violent crime.
Jahmal Jerome Green Jr., also 17, of East Montague Avenue is still wanted in the killing.
Two 20-year-old women, Victoria Vanessa Deas and London Tiera Shyann Maybank, face charges of being an accessory after the killing.
The police have said the four were riding around, hoping to find someone to rob. A surveillance video captured their Dodge Durango near the bar on East Montague Avenue.
Murphy and Green got out of the SUV when they saw Brantley walking alone around 3:30 a.m., the police said. They walked up to him, robbed him and shot him several times, arrest affidavits stated.
Local authorities and federal officials from the U.S. Marshals Service were still looking for Green on Thursday.
Murphy did not get bail because the county magistrate presiding over the hearing cannot, by law, set one.
Brantley, a musician, will be remembered as a loved and talented brother and best friend, his mother said in the statement.
“Know that you may never take that from us,” the statement said. “My son’s name is Eric Brantley, and may you always remember his name.”
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