Affidavit: Teen says other suspect killed pizza deliveryman

Davis and Brown (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)
Davis and Brown (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Wednesday for the second teen charged with robbing and killing a 20-year-old pizza deliveryman last week.

Jontae Demetrius Davis, 17, was granted a $250,000 surety bond on the armed robbery charge.  He and 18-year-old Stephawn Sherod Brown are charged with the armed robbery and murder of Maraleius Birdsong last Friday at the Appian Way Apartments on Patriot Drive.

According to an affidavit, Davis called a witness just after the incident and said Brown shot Birdsong in the head "execution style" during the robbery.  Davis turned himself into authorities on Tuesday.

Affidavits and incident reports provided indicate Birdsong was delivering pizza to an apartment on Patriot Drive around 8:12 p.m. on Friday for a person named "Tre." When Birdsong arrived, the resident of the home said that no order of food was placed but a person named "Tre" lived at another apartment.

Police say Birdsong then returned to his vehicle at which time he was shot one time in the head.

Authorities say Brown was found hiding in the back of his mother's car close to the crime scene in the Appian Way apartment complex on Patriot Boulevard in Dorchester County. Investigators say they found a cell phone in Brown's possession that was also used to place the $38 delivery order to Domino's Pizza, where Birdsong worked.

On Saturday, investigators say they searched Brown's home and found pizza from Domino's Pizza in the kitchen and Brown's bedroom dresser drawer.

Investigators say a 9mm handgun has been recovered but not confirmed as the murder weapon.

Brown was charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Birdsong died at MUSC on Saturday.

North Charleston Police say that an account has been set up at the First Federal to assist Birdsong's family with expenses associated with his funeral and medical bills. Police say anyone wishing to donate can go to any First Federal branch to donate to the Maraleius Birdsong fund.

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