Two South Carolina teens are facing murder charges after allegedly shooting a man who helped them pull their car out of a ditch late Monday, the Post and Courier reports.
According to arrest affidavits, Chadwick Garrett, 45, agreed to help the teens move their stuck vehicle for $20. A witness who has not been identified told North Charleston police that after the vehicle was safely removed, Garrett asked about the money owed. That was when one of the teens, identified as 17-year-old Deon Antonio Frasier, allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Garrett multiple times.
Garrett was hit in the chest. Deon and the other teen, identified as 19-year-old Michael Odell Anthony Dupree-Tyler, reportedly got back into their vehicle and drove away.
Some 20 minutes after the shooting, a woman at the apartment where the teens lived called dispatch to report that they had used her vehicle without permission. The unidentified woman later tried to cancel the police response when the SUV was returned.
The teens were arrested at their apartment after a brief standoff, the Post and Courier reports, and they were both booked in the Charleston County jail.
Garrett's father, Moses Garrett, spoke at the teens' bond hearing: “It’s so sad; these young babies here, they’re getting more and more terrible out there on the streets.
“You guys killed a man. Only cowards carry guns," the grieving father added.
Read more at the Post and Courier.