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Prosecutor: Drug deal led to deadly shooting in Rock Hill

A judge denied bond for one of five suspects who police say helped to orchestrate the fatal shooting of a Charlotte man in Rock Hill on July 20.

During the Thursday morning hearing, prosecutors outlined what they believe turned a drug deal into the deadly shooting of 21-year-old Chance Pate.

Are'Tayevious Markee Govan, 24, who faces accessory and weapons charges related to the robbery attempt and shooting death, requested the bond hearing. He is accused of conspiring with four others to rob Pate and giving a gun to one of his co-defendants to use in the robbery at a vacant Abernathy Street house.

Three Fort Mill men and a Rock Hill woman - Denzel Rashard McClinton, 17, Montez Laverry Rutledge, 18, Jonathon Garrett Jones, 20, and Audra Nicole Cunningham, 20 - all have been charged with murder in the case. They each face two counts of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, criminal conspiracy and a weapons violation charge.

Evidence shows the suspects gathered at Govan's apartment before the crime and planned to lure Pate to Rock Hill to buy marijuana from him, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said. Cunningham allegedly called Pate to set it up.

Two of the suspects hid inside the Abernathy Street house, and when Pate got there the other suspects suggested they go into the house. Evidence shows Pate was reluctant when he saw there wasn't anything in the house, and that's when a struggle ensued, Brackett said.

Pate was shot several times. Witnesses told police Pate was seen crawling on the ground from the vacant home after hearing three gunshots. He was pulled into a car and was pronounced dead that evening at Piedmont Medical Center.

The suspects fled the scene of the shooting and returned to Govan's residence. The weapon used in the incident was returned to Govan. He is accused of disposing of evidence, according to his arrest warrants.

Govan was charged with accessory before the fact, accessory after the fact, criminal conspiracy and a weapons violation.

Govan has a criminal history. He pleaded guilty to a weapons violation a month before the July 20 accusation that he gave a gun to someone else to use in a deadly crime, Brackett said. Judge John Hayes denied Govan's bond.

The other suspects are being held at the Moss Justice Center in York, and bond hearings for them have not been requested.

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