Crime

Attempted murder charge dropped in November Rock Hill killing

Davon Thompson
Davon Thompson

Prosecutors have dropped attempted murder and other charges against one of several defendants in a Rock Hill robbery-turned-deadly shootout.

The charges from the November killing could be re-instated, and several other defendants either have pleaded guilty, remain charged or are wanted by police.

Charges against Davon Sharif Thompson, 22, were dismissed with the right to restore as investigators continue to work the case, said Willy Thompson, 16th Circuit deputy solicitor.

In the Nov. 29 incident on Scoggins Street, Antravious White, 21, was shot and killed. Several people from Rock Hill and Charlotte were later arrested in the case. In previous court hearings, during which one of the suspects pleaded guilty, prosecutors said men from Charlotte had come to Rock Hill to buy illegal credit cards when a shootout took place between the two groups. White was killed in the shooting.

Thompson had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing in front of a magistrate judge Tuesday to determine if probable cause existed for the charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy, but the dismissal came before the hearing. Thompson remains jailed at the York County Detention Center, however, on allegations he violated his parole after a burglary conviction.

Deandre Howze, 21, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty in May to several charges from the incident and has to testify for prosecutors as part of his deal, but his sentencing has been deferred until the other defendants go to court.

Damonte Rashaun Withers, 27, of Charlotte, remains jailed without bond on charges of murder, conspiracy, financial card fraud and weapons charges.

Arquivius McClee, 22, of Rock Hill, remains jailed without bond on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy and weapons charges.

A fifth man police have connected to the shooting remains at large. LaDaniel Reid, 22, of Rock Hill, is wanted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder and is considered armed and dangerous, police have said.

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