Two South Carolina teens were denied bond in court late on 16 August in the murder case of 45-year-old Chadwick Garrett in North Charleston. Garrett was allegedly killed by 17-year-old Deon Frasier and 19-year-old Michael Dupree-Tyler after he helped them pull their SUV out of a ditch, police said.
An arrest affidavit revealed Garrett agreed to pull the SUV out of the ditch for $20, the Associated Press reported. Witnesses told police that after the SUV was out of the ditch, he asked for the $20 promised but was instead shot at several times by Frasier.
The 17-year-old reportedly hit Garrett in the chest and then got into the SUV, which Dupree-Tyler drove. Police initially believed the suspects tried to rob Garrett but North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said the teens did not steal anything from their victim, the New York Daily News reported.
Authorities said that 20 minutes after the shooting, a female subject called 911 to report the teens used her SUV without permission.
The caller provided investigators with a description of the vehicle—a 2016 Dodge Durango—and the two suspects that had her vehicle, WCSC reported. The affidavit shows the female caller then tried to cancel the police response when her vehicle was returned. Officers responded to the caller's home and she told police the suspects were inside.
WCSC reported that after a brief standoff, the suspects left the caller's home and were taken to City Hall, where they waived their Miranda Rights. Dupree-Tyler reportedly confessed to being at the crime scene while Frasier confessed to shooting the victim.
Frasier is not only charged with murder but also faces a charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The AP reported that there are no attorneys listed for the suspects in online jail records.
Garrett's family, who was present during the court hearing, called the two suspects "cowards". Morgan Codell, who was Garrett's supervisor at Charleston-based Trojan Labour construction, told the Daily News that the firm is setting up a donation fund to help the family cover funeral costs.