A North Charleston man was convicted of murder this week and sentenced to life in prison for a deadly shooting that was captured on video outside a convenience store nearly two years ago, prosecutors announced Thursday.
A jury on Wednesday also found Tyrone Malcolm Benn, 29, guilty of possession of a firearm in the slaying of Samuel Coardes, 25. He will not be eligible for parole under the murder conviction.
Circuit Judge Deadra Jefferson handed down Benn’s sentence. In determining the lifetime term, Jefferson considered Benn’s past convictions for strong-arm robbery, along with possession and distribution of marijuana.
The North Charleston Police Department had jailed Benn after identifying him as the person seen in a video shooting Coardes outside the Circle A store on Spruill Avenue on the morning of July 12, 2014. The police said Benn and Coardes were talking when Benn pulled out a gun and started firing.
Assistant Solicitor Burns Wetmore, who prosecuted the case, said in a statement Thursday that “the relatively quick arrest (later that day) took a violent criminal out of the community and headed off any possible retaliation.”
Wetmore presented jurors during this week’s trial with an analysis of the video and testimony that Benn smelled like bleach when he was arrested because he had tried to remove evidence from his own body.
Assistant Solicitor Chris Lietzow, who assisted Wetmore, also played what he called an incriminating phone call that Benn made at the Charleston County jail.
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