Slaying victim had drug record

Kentrell Samuel

A man who was found shot to death late Thursday in a West Ashley driveway had been convicted of drug and weapons violations and election fraud, records show.

Kentrell Samuel, 27, of Charleston, died from a gunshot wound where he was found, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said.

Charleston police were dispatched to San Miguel Road about 10:40 p.m. when a neighbor reported seeing a man lying in the driveway. Police spokesman Charles Francis said the case is being investigated as a homicide.

San Miguel Road is off Savage Road near the Mark Clark Expressway.

According to information in a State Law Enforcement Division background check, Samuel had been arrested numerous times for drug and weapons violations, and was convicted in most cases.

His record dates to 2001, when Charleston police charged him on Sept. 11 with possession of less than a gram of crack cocaine, illegal sale of a pistol and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

He was convicted on Oct. 26, 2001, of the crack-possession charge and sentenced to five years, suspended on five years probation, the record shows.

One day earlier, according to the record, he was convicted of election fraud by an election manager. Although no details of the case appear on the record, Samuel was sentenced to five years, suspended on five years probation, apparently to run concurrently with his suspended sentence for crack possession.

Samuel was arrested in following years by Charleston police and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, and convicted in 2002 of cocaine possession, unlawful carrying of a weapon and driving without a license.

His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to six years. In 2005 he was convicted of a probation violation and driving without a license. His parole was revoked and he was sentenced to six years.