A second teenager arrested on a murder charge in the case of a Domino’s delivery driver’s shooting death was set to appear at a preliminary hearing this morning, yet he was never transported from the Dorchester County Detention Center.
The case against 18-year-old Jontae Davis was continued until next month.
Davis accused his codefendant, 19-year-old Stephawn Brown, of shooting 20-year-old Maraleius Birdsong on March 9. Davis told investigators that Brown said, “I’m gonna get that boy,” before the attack.
Someone shot Birdsong in the back of his head as he walked back toward his car. Authorities believe Brown fired that shot and ran away with chicken wings and cinnamon sticks.
North Charleston police Detective Candy Johnson said investigators traced the Domino’s order to a cellphone registered to Brown’s mother. Brown’s mother told police that the phone belonged to her son, Johnson said. Police found Brown lying in the back seat of his mother’s SUV in the parking lot at Appian Way, his body covered with a blanket.
Although he named Brown as the triggerman, Davis admitted to running away and disposing of Birdsong’s thermal delivery bag after taking the food, according to the prosecutor in the case. He faces the same charges of murder and armed robbery as Brown.
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