Suspect arrested, charged with murder

Jamaa Ato Washington

A convict wanted in connection with the shooting death of Reggie Belton was arrested in downtown Charleston Wednesday, and now he faces additional charges.

Charleston police and Charleston County sheriff's deputies found Jamaa Ato Washington at about 2:15 p.m. at his girlfriend's house on Flood Street. He had a handgun and crack cocaine, said sheriff's Lt. Kevin Whited.

"The fact that a murder suspect is off the streets, that's definitely a good thing," Whited said.

Washington, 31, of James Island, is charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of crack cocaine or cocaine base, Whited said.

His eight-page criminal history lists several aliases, including the names Timothy White, Jonathan White and several variations of his real name. Convictions include those for aggravated assault, criminal domestic violence, crack cocaine possession, illegal weapons possession, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and possession of a stolen pistol.

Washington's bond hearing is set for 7 tonight.

Belton, another convict, was found dead on his couch about 4:15 a.m. Monday on Fort Johnson Road on James Island. The 30-year-old had a gunshot wound through the head, a police report said.

Belton had a criminal history beginning in 1995. His convictions included assault with intent to kill, aggravated assault, possession of a stolen pistol, cocaine possession, resisting arrest, failure to stop for blue lights and driving with a suspended license, his record shows.

North Charleston police said Belton was the main suspect in the December 2007 slaying of Alexander Glover, though they didn't have enough evidence to arrest him. Glover, 24, was found shot to death in a hotel on Northwoods Boulevard.

Belton's family declined comment Wednesday.