A 30-year-old Andrews man has been charged with murder in connection to a January shooting that left one man dead.
On Monday, investigators with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office charged Dexter Jamal Grant with murder in the death of 64-year-old Bernard Patterson, who died from a gunshot wound on Jan. 22. Patterson was robbed and shot while on his front porch after answering his door late at night, according to the Sheriff's Office.
An incident report says that around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, deputies were called to a residence on Olmstead Road in the Little Italy community outside Andrews. Gunshots had been reported. Deputies found Patterson lying in his neighbor's yard. He had a single gunshot wound to his upper chest and was taken to Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Patterson's brother was at the scene and told deputies a woman came to his house and told him Patterson had been shot. When he came to the yard, he saw his brother on the ground and another woman standing nearby -- she was on the phone with dispatch.
A neighbor told deputies he heard a gunshot, and when he looked out the window he saw a car leaving Olmstead Road and going toward Andrews. Two other neighbors, both women, said that when they arrived home they saw Patterson on the ground and a woman on the phone. But, they said, they did not walk over to the scene until deputies arrived.
The incident report says the door to Patterson's home was open when deputies arrived. They cleared the house before handing the scene over to investigators.
The Sheriff's Office said an "exhaustive investigation" resulted in Grant being charged with killing Patterson. He is also charged with armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a handgun by person prohibited. He was already being held at the Georgetown County jail on drug charges. Records show he was booked into the jail on Jan. 24.
No other arrests have been announced, and further details of the case have not been released.