A dispute over unreturned property reportedly fueled a kidnapping that left a 25-year-old Charleston man dead last month from a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
Charleston County investigators revealed that motive Wednesday as they filed new charges against four people accused of participating in the Dec. 19 killing of Marquis Rashad Richardson in Lincolnville.
Authorities say Travaris D. Walker, 29, of Bull Street in Charleston, delivered the fatal shot after he and three co-defendants abducted Richardson from a house at 69 Norman St. and drove him to rural Lincolnville, some 22 miles away. Richardson's body was found beside railroad tracks the following day. Walker is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Charged as accessories before and after the murder are Latasha Yvette McCall, 23, of Romney Street in Charleston; King Dominique Wilson, 22, of Ranger Drive in North Charleston; and Fredrick Andre Sanders, 29, of Dorsey Avenue in North Charleston. McCall, who is accused of lying to police about the incident, faces an additional charge of obstruction of justice as well.
All four already were in custody, having previously been charged with Richardson's kidnapping.
Walker reportedly killed Richardson after Walker was unable to retrieve some property that he believed the victim had taken from him, Sheriff's Maj. Jim Brady said. Brady would not identify the property in question, citing the ongoing investigation in the case.
Magistrate Linda Lombard set no bail on Walker's murder charge and his friends' charges of accessory before the fact to murder. She set Walker's bail at $100,000 on the firearm count and set the same bail for Wilson and Sanders on the other accessory charges. McCall's bail was set at $150,000 on the additional accessory and obstruction charges. All four previously were denied bail on the kidnapping charges.
Walker, nicknamed "Smurf," also faces a cocaine trafficking count and several other charges in connection with his Dec. 30 arrest in Charleston. Otherwise, his criminal record is rather scant in South Carolina. He was a victim, however, in a May 2007 shooting on Charleston's West Side that left him with wrist and chest wounds, according to police.
Wilson, his co-defendant, has a pair of cocaine convictions on his rap sheet, State Law Enforcement Division records show. At the time of Richardson's killing, he was free on bail in connection with an August arrest in Lee County.
In that case, Wilson and two others were arrested as they were getting ready to throw duct-taped packages of marijuana, alcohol, cellphones and chargers over the fence at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, authorities said.
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