Levelton Givens

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Officials have charged a man with murder in the shooting of a 20-year-old Ladson man found in a burning car last month.

Levelton Givens Jr., 24, also faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was arrested Thursday.

Givens opened fire on Robert Rutlin Jr.'s vehicle around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 27, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies said that when they arrived at the scene near the Water at Magnolia Bay Apartments in the Summerville area, they found Rutlin in the driver's seat of the car.

Rutlin died of a gunshot wound, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.

Detectives believe that after Rutlin was shot, he crashed into a wooded area and the collision caused the car to catch fire.

His passenger survived the attack and later picked Givens out of a photo lineup, according to the warrant.

Givens was arrested in March 2018 on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree domestic violence. He is currently awaiting trial for those charges.

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