Rock Hill Police have charged one of the teenage suspects in a haunted trail shooting earlier this month with murder in a shooting three days later.
Brandon Alexander Davis, 16, of Rock Hill was arrested on murder and attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and three weapons charges Thursday for the Oct. 19 shooting and robbery of 23-year-old Anthony Whitlock, said Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn.
Davis is being charged as an adult, he said.
Davis appeared in Rock Hill Municipal Court on Thursday afternoon with his attorney, Columbia-based Deon O'Neil. Because he is charged with murder, a municipal court judge could not set bond for Davis. He will be held in jail until he appears before a circuit court judge for a bond hearing.
He was ordered not to have contact with the surviving victim, or the victims' families.
Davis was arrested Sunday on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, armed robbery and weapons violations, related to the Oct. 16 shooting and robbery at a haunted trail southeast of Rock Hill. He was also charged as an adult in that incident.
Three other Rock Hill teens face charges in the haunted trail shooting: Timas Albres Nelson and Kwamane Ladre King, both 17 were arrested earlier this week. Officers are still looking for Ladarrian Jaquele "Sleep" Fewell, 17.
Davis had been in custody since his arrest earlier this week, Redfearn said.
The murder charges stem from an Oct. 19 afternoon robbery and shooting inside a car. Whitlock, a passenger in that car, died at Piedmont Medical Center.
Anthony Whitlock had asked his uncle, Thomas Whitlock Jr., 42, to give him a ride. Police said Anthony Whitlock was shot in the head by a passenger they picked up at Friedheim Park. They had driven near the intersection of Baker Street and Orr Drive, where the shooting took place.
Thomas Whitlock, who was shot in the shoulder three times, has been released from the hospital after several days in intensive care.
"I'm in tremendous pain. I'm having nightmares. I can't sleep," Thomas Whitlock said after the bond hearing. "My family's in tremendous pain. It's not just me getting shot, it's losing my nephew as well. It's taken a huge toll on our family."
Thomas Whitlock said he is relieved that Davis has been charged, but he's still afraid all the time.
The suspect in the Whitlock shooting fled with an unknown amount of cash and drugs, according to arrest warrants. Thomas Whitlock then drove to the hospital. The vehicle was parked in front of the emergency room when officials arrived.
O'Neil said Davis was a sophomore at South Pointe High School and has a strong support system.
Rock Hill Police are still investigating the fatal shooting.
During the incident at the "Trail of Terror," about $1,500 was stolen and James "Doug" Rockholt, 56, was shot in the shoulder. Another employee at the trail off S.C. 901 told police he was fired at before chasing the intruder. More than 20 people who were in line at the time scattered.