Teens denied bond in pizza delivery murder

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

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A mother mourning the murder of her only child said Thursday that she is happy that the men accused of killing her son will remain behind bars after.

According to North Charleston police, 18-year-old Jontae Davis and 19-year-old Stephawn Brown called in a food order to a pizza restaurant on March 9 and then killed 20-year-old Maralieus Birdsong during the delivery.

Birdsong was working at a pizza place, taking classes at Trident Tech and had plans to get married and have kids. All that changed when Birdsong was shot to death at the Appian Way Apartment Complex as he was delivering a pizza.

"He was an awesome guy. He was very loving, caring, wanted to go the extra mile, wanted to help people, wanted to work for a living, go to school," said his mother, Teresa Gardner.

Gardner wants justice to be served. She went to Thursday's hearing for Davis and Brown, her son's accused killers, to find out if they would be able to get out of jail on bail.

After hearing from both defendant's attorneys, the judge said she considered both men to be a danger to society, and therefore she denied their bond.

"They're behind bars where they need to be. My son is gone, nothing is going to bring him back. I feel they got the right ones for it, and they're being held without bond, so we are very happy for that," Gardner said.

Police say after searching the suspects and their apartment, they found the cell phone used to make the order, leftover food, and a loaded handgun with a single round missing.

Gardner says her faith in God, and support from family, friends and the community is helping her through the tragedy.

"We miss him terribly. I'm just glad that they're moving along to get justice for him. That's the most that we can hope and pray for," Gardner said.

Investigators are awaiting the results of a ballistics test of the gun found at the suspect's apartment. Prosecuting attorney Russell Hilton says Davis gave police a statement saying co-defendant Brown shot the victim, but they were together at the time of the shooting.

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