Second Lancaster shooting suspect remains jailed, declines public defender
A second teen has been charged with murder in the York County shooting death of a Lancaster man.
Robert Evans Outen, 19, of Rock Hill, roommate of the first teen arrested, was charged Thursday with murder and possession of a weapon in a violent crime. Police had been looking for a second suspect in the killing, now identified as Outen, since the killing Tuesday afternoon, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff's Office.
Police charged the first suspect, Tyler Wayne Montgomery, 19, of Rock Hill, with murder Wednesday. Montgomery is accused of shooting Bailey, arrest warrants show.
Both are jailed without bond.
Mardarius Bailey, 23, of Lancaster, died in the shooting. Bailey was found shot in a car at Adnah Church Road and S.C. 5 between Rock Hill and York Tuesday around 4:45 p.m. after the car's driver flagged down a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper for help.
Outen was denied bond in a court hearing Thursday afternoon at the York County jail in a hearing covered exclusively by The Herald. Outen said little in court, except to tell a judge that he refused to apply for a public defender lawyer to assist him.
"Private attorney," is all Outen said when asked if he would hire a private lawyer.
Also during the bond hearing, Outen agreed in court to have no contact with the other victim in the case, identified by the magistrate judge as a woman. It remains unclear if that other victim is the driver who was in the car with Bailey, the shooting victim, when Bailey died.
Outen, wearing the same black shirt and black jeans he was wearing when arrested Thursday morning by sheriff's office Det. Jonathan Reed, said nothing as he was led by two York County Sheriff's Office correctional officers back to a holding cell.
He has no previous criminal record in York County or Lancaster County, online court records show.
Montgomery and Outen live together near where police say the shooting happened, arrest warrants show. Yet the relationship between the two teens is still unclear as police have declined to release details about the crime.
Both suspects fled after the shooting police said.
The arrest warrant against Montgomery, charged first on Wednesday, states he was arrested for shooting Bailey after a witness in the case picked Montgomery out of a photo line-up. The arrest warrant for Outen, arrested after Montgomery for the same charge of murder, states that probable cause to arrest Outen came from a police investigation and a "co-defendant statement" to police.
Montgomery is the only other co-defendant charged in the case, police records show.
The warrants against Outen also state that he committed the murder "by shooting the victim, Mardarius Gequan Bailey, to death."
Police have declined to comment on what the motive was for the shooting. Investigators have also declined to say if a weapon was found in the case, or any other evidence was recovered.
Officers declined to say what relationship, if any, there is between the suspects who live near the crime scene and Bailey of Lancaster — the victim of the crime.
Bailey was a member of the 2013 Lewisville High School state championship basketball team in Chester County. His coach during that season, former University of South Carolina player Larry Davis, wrote in a public Facebook post that Bailey was a fierce competitor who was "one of the toughest and smartest players that I've had the opportunity to coach."
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