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Second Rock Hill teen charged with murder in Lancaster killing, police say

A second Rock Hill teen has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a York County teen Sunday in Lancaster, deputies said.

Law enforcement officers said Thursday the two teens charged in the killing wanted to rob the victim. The victim had arrived at the house with the suspects just before he was killed, deputies said.

Jonovan Hensley, 19, was charged with murder Thursday after initially being held as an accessory to murder, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

Hensley is accused of being the getaway driver, Faile said.

Jarod Keshun McNeil, 17, the alleged shooter, was arrested Tuesday in Alabama after he fled South Carolina after the killing, deputies said.

McNeil turned himself in to the Chambers County, Ala., police late Tuesday after fleeing South Carolina, deputies said. He was brought back to Lancaster Wednesday after waiving extradition.

The victim, Jaquavious Quandarious Neely, 19, was shot on the porch of a Carmel Road home Sunday afternoon and later died at a hospital, police and coroner officials said.

Neely was going to the home because his child lives there with the child’s mother and other members of the woman’s family, Faile said.

Neely was driven to the house Sunday in a Nissan Altima driven by Hensley, Faile said. McNeil and another male juvenile were passengers, Faile said.

Investigators say Neely was climbing the steps to enter the home when he was shot by McNeil, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. McNeil had armed himself with a rifle, Barfield said.

“The victim was walking into the house when the suspect shot him,” Barfield said. “We believe the motive was to rob the victim of some amount of money.”

Deputies said Hensley and McNeil and the juvenile fled the shooting scene. The Nissan was later recovered when Hensley was questioned by deputies.

The juvenile is not expected to be charged, Barfield said.

More charges could be pending, Barfield and Faile said.

The teens charged with murder face a minimum of 30 years in prison if convicted.

Both Hensley and McNeil remain in the Lancaster County jail pending a first court appearance before a magistrate judge. Both will remain in jail because a magistrate can not set bond on a murder charge.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.
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