N. Chas. police arrest one of two suspects in Park Circle homicide


Police have captured one of the two 17-year-olds sought in the shooting death of Eric Brantley in Park Circle, authorities said.

De’Andre Murphy was located about 7 p.m. Wednesday on Ottawa Street, according to Spencer Pryor, spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department. Still sought is Jahmal Jerome Green Jr. of East Montague Avenue.

Police say the two North Charleston teens rode around looking for somebody walking alone before killing and robbing the 43-year-old local musician behind a Park Circle bar early on April 20. Brantley had just finished working a shift as a bartender at The Sparrow.

He had been shot several times in the head and torso, according to authorities.

Two 20-year-old women were arrested Friday and charged as accessories in his death. Victoria Vanessa Deas of Midland Park Road in North Charleston and London Tiera Shyann Maybank of Jervey Avenue in Charleston are being held in the Cannon Detention Center.

Surveillance videos showed a white Dodge Durango in the area at the time the shots were reported, according to the arrest affidavits for Deas and Maybank. Investigators tracked down the two women and pieced together the following narrative:

Deas was driving the Durango, with Maybank as a passenger. Deas picked up Green and Murphy to “do a lick,” which is slang for committing a robbery. Green and Murphy got in with guns.

Deas drove around until they spotted Brantley walking alone. Green told her where to park. Green and Murphy got out, walked up to Brantley, shot him several times and robbed him. They got back in the SUV and Deas drove away.

Brantley was known for his love of bikes. He specialized in repairing, maintaining and restoring Japanese motorcycles built before 1979. Friends called him a talented musician and artist known for his sense of humor.

It was the 12th homicide recorded this year in the city and the 21st in the tri-county area.

Glenn Smith and Dave Munday contributed to this report.