Man charged with obstruction in West Ashley homicide in bond court

Brandon E. Smalls
Brandon E. Smalls
Frederick L. Flowers
Frederick L. Flowers

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A man charged with obstruction of justice in a March 1 homicide in West Ashley faced a judge in bond court Friday evening.

The Charleston Police Department has charged 19-year-old Brandon E. Smalls with obstruction of justice in the murder of 25-year-old James Javon Smith.  Smalls was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center and his bond was set at $10,000.

Through the ongoing investigation, detectives say they determined that Smalls attempted to hinder or impede the murder investigation by concealing information about the incident.

The Charleston Police Department charged Frederick L. Flowers with Smith's murder. Flowers surrendered to police last 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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