2 teens denied bond for Mount Pleasant murder, robbery

Seabrook and Coakley (provided)

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston County Sheriff's officials arrested two men for murder and armed robbery overnight.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said the sheriff's office arrested 17-year-old James Charles Seabrook and 19-year-old James Coakley and charged them with armed robbery, murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial arm.

Friday night the two teens faced a judge in bond court.{} The magistrate judge denied both of them bond on the murder charges.{} A general sessions judge will have to set bond on those charges.{} For the armed robbery and weapons charges, the judge gave each of the suspects a $200,000 bond.

Their next court date is on January 24th.

Police believe the men killed 21-year-old Solomon Ancrum during the course of a drug deal that was supposed to be a robbery, Cannon said. The incident happened Wednesday morning on Dingle Road in Mount Pleasant.

Both teens live near Dingle Road. Ancrum lived in North Charleston.

State Law Enforcement Division background checks showed neither man had any serious criminal offenses before Wednesday. Coakley had a shoplifting charge in February. Seabrook did not have a criminal record.

Jacqueline Allen said her heart went out to Ancrum's family and that was why she urged her nephew, Coakley, to turn himself in to police.

"Somebody lost their son. And he's somebody's son, my nephew is somebody's son. I just couldn't sleep and I wanted him to get himself cleared and come forth," Allen said.

Allen said her nephew had known Seabrook for three weeks. They met at a restaurant where they work together, she said.

Both suspects' families took them to police because they believed they had information related to the investigation, Cannon said.

"They came in, one before the other, cooperated and have given statements implicating themselves," Sheriff Al Cannon said during a press conference Friday. "We certainly appreciate cooperation of parents."

Cannon said Ancrum was shot twice, though he did not say which suspect pulled the trigger.

Coakley's aunt said her nephew found himself in "the wrong place at the wrong time."

"He's just not that type of guy. He doesn't have that in him to murder somebody," she said.

In 911 calls released Friday morning, a caller said he saw three black men running from a green car parked on Dingle Road. He heard three gunshots, he said.

The man said he saw a man in a green shirt, another in a red shirt, and a third man in a white shirt. He said the three men were running toward Highway 17.

"And there's a car just sitting there," he told dispatchers. "I'm still on my porch. I'm almost afraid to leave off my porch."

Ancrum was gunned down in his car Wednesday on Dingle Road in Mount. Pleasant.

Ancrum's family said Thursday that he worked at a downtown Charleston hotel. They said he was supposed to be taking a friend to work on Daniel Island Wednesday morning.

"I was texting him all morning so he could go to work, since 9 a.m. I didn't hear anything from him," Elaine Ancrum said.

Ancrum's family members asked for the public to help police figure out what happened.

"We have our family together and hopefully we can pull through everything together," said Ancrum's brother Tyrone Saunders.

Coakley and Seabrook were each given $200,000 bond for the weapons and armed robbery charges.

Coakley was given no bond for his murder charge.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact them at 843-202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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