Murder defendant to represent himself in court this week

Donsurvi Chisolm (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)
Donsurvi Chisolm (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of killing his 14-year-old nephew and shooting the teen's father in the face is set to represent himself in Dorchester County court on a prior murder charge this week.

31-year-old Donsurvi Chisolm, of Goose Creek, is charged by Dorchester County authorities with murdering 20-year-old Craig Canady in September 2007.  Canady was found shot dead in a ditch along Clubhouse Road near Summerville on September 15.

Chisolm was out on bond on that murder charge in 2010 when authorities say he shot both his brother 34-year-old Dansa Chisolm and nephew Michael Chisolm, killing the latter.  Berkeley County sheriff's deputies said the shooting incident happened on April 1 inside a Goose Creek home on Plainfield Avenue, where all three Chisolms lived.

Neighbor Frank Cole found the wounded Chisolm at a nearby gas station and tried to help him. "He looked like he was fixing to go down, pass out and I noticed he had what looked like to be a bullet hole in his cheek," said Cole. "He said, 'My brother shot my son.' He said, 'He killed my son.'"

US Marshals caught Chisolm in Los Angeles at a bus stop 13 days after the Berkeley County shooting.

Jury selection is expected to begin on Monday in the Dorchester County Courthouse in St. George.

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