Police say earlier account of fatal mall shooting incorrect; robber incorrectly identified


Charleston police on Friday contradicted an earlier account of this week's fatal shooting in the Citadel Mall parking lot, saying that a man identified as a robber in court documents was merely a witness.

The shooting outside the J.C. Penney store about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday left Begondae Moore, 27, dead. Two men have been arrested on charges of murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The original murder warrant affidavits incorrectly said that Edwin Yeadon tried to rob Moore at gunpoint before a struggle broke out inside a car, leaving Moore mortally wounded by gunfire. The investigator's statement, police said, "was typed up wrong."

"Yeadon didn't try to rob anybody," said Charles Francis, the Police Department's public information officer. "He was just a witness. The affidavit was just wrong, it was incorrect."

Francis said detectives would amend the warrants against suspects Daniel Williams, 22, and Rodney Palmer, 19.

He said a robbery did take place inside the vehicle, but declined to say who robbed whom or why.

"I can't get into too many details because of the ongoing investigation," Francis said.

The judge who signed the warrant, Magistrate Patricia Henley, was in a conference and could not be reached for comment.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said the warrants should be able to stand, as long as the new information doesn't change the substance of what the defendants are accused of doing.

Police could amend the warrants at a later hearing, or going through the formality of re-issuing them.

"Honest mistakes happen - we can correct that sort of mistake," Wilson said. "If somebody deliberately shaded the facts, that would be a much bigger issue."