Charleston police arrest third suspect in April murder

Nathaniel Tyler

Charleston police arrested a third man in connection with the April shooting death of Paul Mitchell Jr.

Nathaniel Jamal Tyler, 23, of Falcon Road in North Charleston was booked into the Charleston County jail Monday on a murder charge.

Police say 24-year-old Mitchell was knocked off his mo-ped and shot in his face after passing a counterfeit bill during a marijuana purchase near Delano Street and Austin Avenue on April 29. After the sale, one of the dealers noticed the bill was phony and yelled to others to stop him, according to a warrant for another suspect in the case.

Police arrested Antonio Odell McNeil, 19, of Pickup Miles Court in North Charleston on Thursday on charges of murder and use of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. Magistrate Linda Lombard set bail at $50,000 on the weapons charge and told McNeil he will have to arrange a hearing in circuit court if he wants bail set on the murder charge.

In May, police arrested 21-year-old Kyser Montgomery, who lives near the crime scene, on a charge of obstruction of justice. Police said Montgomery concealed information about the fatal shooting.

Police charged Montgomery on Friday with accessory before the fact of murder.

According to the warrant, someone grabbed Mitchell after Montgomery drove his mo-ped into Mitchell's path. McNeil pulled a large-caliber semiautomatic pistol from his waistband, put it within inches of Mitchell Jr.'s face and fired a shot into Mitchell's head, the warrant said.

Police found a broken magazine clip and several .40-caliber rounds at the shooting scene, the warrant said.

Mitchell Jr. would have been 25 on Nov. 13, his family said after attending the bail hearing for McNeil. The birthday was a particularly hard day for the Mitchells, family members said after watching McNeil's bail hearing.