A Charleston County jury has found Tremaine Nelson, 27, guilty of murder in the July 2007 shooting death of DeShaun Brown of North Charleston.

The jury's verdict was reached Thursday after 37 minutes of deliberation. Nelson was tried on the same charge earlier this year, but that case ended in a mistrial.

Unlike the earlier trial, Circuit Judge Kristie Harrington allowed the jury to hear about a confession that Nelson gave North Charleston police after the shooting.

Assistant Ninth Circuit Solicitor Henry Leventis said the guilty verdict against Nelson was important because two others, Jaquan Bryant, 28, and Timothy Hoard, 24, still face murder charges in connection with the same shooting, which also injured a second man. The shooting unfolded on July 13, 2007 at a North Charleston apartment complex between Calvert and Iris streets.

Leventis said Nelson will face at least 30 years in prison, but prosecutors asked Harrington to delay sentencing until the other defendants are tried. Bryant's case currently is scheduled to go to trial in February.

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