Man held in Delta Street shootings

Maurice Aiken

Maurice Nathaniel Aiken was denied bail Friday on a murder charge in connection with a shooting Thursday in North Charleston that killed one man and injured another.

Aiken, also known as “Crunch,” was also charged with attempted murder, and Magistrate Alvin Bligen set bail at $100,000 on that charge in Charleston County Centralized Bond Hearing Court. Magistrates can’t set bond on a murder charge.

The charges stem from a Thursday afternoon shooting on Delta Street that killed 18-year-old Demetrius Robinson, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators said the shooting incident might have stemmed from a previous shooting May 30 on Taylor Street.

Aiken will remain in jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10 and on Oct. 19. Speaking from the Charleston County Detention Center, he maintained he was innocent, as did his parents, who appeared in court.

“I’m sorry for your loss; I really am,” said Caroline Johnson, his mother, looking across the courtroom to Robinson’s family.

Speaking to reporters later, she added: “My son is innocent. He’s not that sort of fellow.”

The shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, according to a report. Robinson, who went by the nickname “Meechee,” was reportedly found laying on his stomach and bleeding from a wound in his back. He was pronounced dead on the scene, Pryor said.

Jonathan Thompson, 26, also was injured during the incident and was treated at MUSC for a gunshot wound to his upper left shoulder.

James Gibbs, a resident of the North Charleston community where a man was fatally shot, provided an account of the incident to The Post and Courier on Thursday.

Gibbs on Friday said he learned about the wounding of a second man after police officers had arrived and did not mention it to 911 dispatchers. He also said he had no direct knowledge of a car that was shot at the night before.