Alleged trigger man in Marley Lion murder due in court
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Ryan P. Deleston, one of the four men charged with the June 2012 murder of 17-year-old Marley Lion, is scheduled to be in court Wednesday.
Naomi Nation with the Solicitor's Office confirmed Deleston will appear before a judge at 3 p.m. but would not say why.
At about 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012, officers responded to a shots fired call in the Ardmore subdivision in the Yew Street area. A teen was found laying on the ground outside his vehicle in the Famous Joe's Bar & Grill parking lot located at 1662 Savannah Highway. That teen was identified as recent Academic Magnet graduate Marley Lion.
Officials say Lion pulled into the parking lot to sleep after a party. He was shot not long after making a bed in his SUV in what investigators believe was an attempted robbery.
Lion died at MUSC.Deleston is charged with murder, use of a weapon in a violent crime, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number. He's no stranger to law enforcement officials. His SLED rap sheet is a half-dozen pages long and includes charges related to drug possession, drug distribution, simple assault and resisting arrest. Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said 30-year-old Deleston was arrested as he exited a CARTA bus on Monday, July 30, 2012.According to an affidavit, Deleston said he and another suspect passed the gun considered to be the murder weapon back and forth in preparation for an attempted armed robbery of Marley Lion.Officials with the Charleston Police Department say with the help of the ATF, they were able to purchase a gun from Deleston -- a gun with a missing serial number that SLED said was the murder weapon.Three other men, Bryan Rivers, Julius Brown and George Brown, are also charged in the crime.