Suspect in gas station slaying curses, walks out of hearing

Family members of a man slain in a North Charleston gas station stand in shock as Montre Brown, who is accused of the killing, curses and walks out of his video bond hearing Tuesday.

The man accused of gunning down a man inside a North Charleston gas station Friday shocked the victim’s family by cursing and walking out of his bond hearing Tuesday.

Montre Desean Brown, 23, of Alabama Drive, is accused of fatally shooting Kenneth Lamont Robinson, 34, of South Rhett Avenue, about 12:30 p.m. Friday inside the Exxon at 2330 Ashley Phosphate Road.

More than a dozen of Robinson’s family members showed up for Brown’s bond hearing. Brown stood in a small room in front of a video camera in the jail, while family members watched his image on a television screen in the courtroom.

Judge Linda Lombard told Brown she could not set bail on a murder charge and was setting $100,000 bail on a charge of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Then she invited family members to make a statement.

A woman who said she was Robinson’s fiancee started crying and saying what a loss Robinson’s death was to his family when Brown interrupted her.

“Yeah, he try and kill me, too,” Brown said loudly.

Lombard told Brown to be quiet, and Robinson’s fiancee tried to continue.

“(Expletive) that, man,” Brown said and walked out the door of the video room and off the screen.

Family members stood in shock for several seconds until a victim’s advocate with the North Charleston Police Department ushered them out of the courtroom.

One of Robinson’s cousins, Karen Denise Cunningham, spoke to reporters after the hearing.

“He disrespected the judge and also disrespected the family,” she said. “Justice needs to be served.”

Police said Brown and Robinson had been arguing about a drug deal before Brown shot Robinson. The shooting was captured on the store’s surveillance camera, according to the arrest affidavit.

Here’s what happened, according to the affidavit. Brown was at the counter and saw Robinson approaching and went into the restroom. Brown came out and started firing a semiautomatic pistol, hitting Robinson several times. Then he stood over Robinson on the floor and shot him several more times.

Then he rolled Robinson over, took something from him and left the store.

Brown fled in a white Chrysler 300 driven by his girlfriend, who is described as a witness in the affidavit. Police issued an arrest warrant, and Brown surrendered Monday.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.