Friday, March 22, 2013
Two of the five men charged in connection with the 2011 shooting death of 26-year-old Deon Myers have been sent to prison.
On Wednesday, after hearing two days of testimony from the state, a jury of eight women and four men found 19-year-old Tamar Bryant guilty of shooting Myers in the face while at the Ghost Den bar in Plantersville on March 15, 2011.
After the guilty verdict was announced, Judge Larry Hyman sentenced Bryant to 35 years in prison. He must serve at least 80 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Myers died at the Medical University of South Carolina two days after the shooting.
The state presented witnesses, including Terrell Myers — the brother of the victim — who testified a man wearing a red bandana walked into the bar and used a handgun to shoot Myers.
That, according to the testimony, was minutes after 33-year-old Lavern Holmes of Georgetown came into the club with a shotgun and chased Myers into a bathroom.
Holmes’ cousin was able to diffuse that situation but then the man with the red bandana — identified by Assistant Solicitor Erin Bailey as Bryant — walked in and fired the deadly shot.
In a taped interview with former Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Clint Busbee, Bryant says he is the one who fired the shot.
When Busbee asked why, Bryant, on the video viewed by the jury, says it’s because Myers and Holmes “were arguing, arguing, arguing” and would not stop.
He also blamed an altercation he had with Myers in 2007 in Hemingway.
Bryant’s attorney Ron Hazard told the jury they should discount what Myers said on the video because after his arrest he told Busbee he was at the bar but did not shoot Myers.
The state concluded its case late Wednesday morning and then Hazard told the judge the defense was presenting no witnesses.
After Myers’ trial concluded, 21-year-old Brandon Cheek entered a plea of guilty to the charge of accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the same killing. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
The trials for Holmes and Kawaun Montique Myers, 26, are scheduled to take place in May. Both are charged with murder, conspiracy, and being an accessory before and after the fact of murder.
A trial date for Green, charged with murder, has not been set.
By Scott Harper