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Police arrest suspect in West Ashley homicide

Frederick Flowers (Source: Cashbond) Frederick Flowers (Source: Cashbond)
Kennedy Smith Kennedy Smith

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a drug-related murder which happened in West Ashley earlier this month.

The Charleston Police Department charged Frederick L. Flowers with the March 1 murder of 25-year-old James Javon Smith. Flowers surrendered to police on Friday and was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

According to investigators, Smith was shot while he sat in a car in front of a home on St. Clair Drive. Smith's father, 49-year-old Kennedy Smith, then drove him to a fire station at 1775 Ashley River Road. 

Kennedy Smith was later charged with obstruction of justice in connection to the death of his son. Details from police indicate that Smith discarded a large amount of marijuana and lied to officers after leaving his dying son in the care of firefighters.

An affidavit released by the Charleston Police Department said that Smith fled the St. Andrews Fire Department on foot immediately after arriving with his mortally wounded son.

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