Bond denied for man charged with fatal America Street shooting

Jerell Emmanuel Risher

Bail was denied Friday for a 21-year-old North Charleston man accused of fatally shooting Brian Eliot Holmes on July 18.

According to the arrest warrants, the shooting was drug-related.

Jerell Risher of Sterrett Street is charged with murder and with possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a violent crime. At a bond hearing today, Charleston County Magistrate Linda S. Lombard told Risher she could not set bond on a murder charge, that it could only be set by a circuit judge. She set a bail amount of $25,000 on the weapons charge.

Risher said nothing during the hearing. His mother and other relatives were there to show their support but they did not want to speak with reporters after the hearing.

Also present were the victim's parents, his wife and his sister. They also declined to talk with reporters.

Holmes’ father, Sonny, is lead pastor at Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston and president of the S.C. Baptist Convention.

At the time of the slaying, the victim's family said they had no idea why he was on America Street that day.

According to the arrest warrant, Risher had been talking with Holmes about "the purchase of illegal narcotics" just prior to the shooting, which took place about 2:45 a.m. on America Street, in a neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution.

The arrest warrant said Risher approached Holmes while Holmes was in the driver's seat of his 2011 Hyundai and that "the victim was shot once in the head with a 9 mm handgun and died at the scene from the gunshot."

Andy Paras contributed to this report. Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655 or on Twitter at @davemacdougall.