2nd teen charged with murder in pizza man's death; No bond
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --Jontae Demetrius Davis only received bond on an armed robbery charge related to the death of a 20-year-old pizza delivery driver.
The 17-year-old turned himself in at North Charleston police headquarters Tuesday afternoon. He has also been charged with murder, for which no bond has been set. Officials say Davis is the second of two teens involved in March 9 death of Maraleius Birdsong.
Birdsong, a Domino's Pizza delivery driver, was shot in the head at Appian Way Apartments. Witnesses say he went to an address to deliver pizza, but none one at the address had ordered a pizza. As Birdsong returned to his vehicle, according to witnesses, he was approached by a black male, robbed and shot.
Witnesses saw two black males flee the area after the gunfire was heard. Officers later found Stephawn Sherrod Brown, the first to be taken into police custody, near the scene of the crime.
The mothers of Birdsong and Davis were both at Wednesday's bond hearing.
Birdsong's mother, Teresa Gardner, said three families have been devastated by the death of her son. She thanked the community for its support and she asked for continued prayer for the families of all three young men involved.
The mother of Jontae Davis struggled for words as tears covered her cheeks. She apologized to Gardner. Ms. Davis said her son is not the type of person to be involved in "something like this."
"I am sorry, and I am definitely praying for you guys," she said.
Local defense attorney Aaron Mayer said after bond court he hasn't seen any evidence to support Jontae Davis' involvement in the death or robbery of Birdsong.
"As far as we know, there is no evidence against this gentleman. He's somebody the guys in the neighborhood probably pinned this on," Mayer said. "We're gonna see what the facts are and see if we can get him a fair bond."