Bond denied for man accused of kidnapping, murdering cousin

Kevin Lamar Howard (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)
Kevin Lamar Howard (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)

WADMALAW ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for a man charged with murder, kidnapping, and first degree burglary in connection with a man found fatally shot on Wadmalaw Island last week.

Kevin Lamar Howard, 26, was denied bond Monday evening for the murder charge and was given a $100,000 bond for the kidnapping charge.

In bond court the victim's sister Latoya Lyles said to Howard, "We were best friends at one point in time. How could he hurt me like this. How could you hurt my mother, my grandparents, my whole family. We don't deserve this and in the end we lost two people. Not one, we lost two," said Lyles.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office investigators say Howard shot Adrian Lyles, 24, found dead on a driveway on Grans Lane on Mar. 29. According to court documents, Howard is the victim's cousin.

Officers with the Summerville Police Department apprehended Howard on Sunday night during a routine traffic stop around 7 p.m.  Officers said Howard gave them a fake name before admitting to having warrants for his arrest under charges of driving under suspension.

Court documents state Howard and another man banged on Lyles' door at 78 Ashley Hall Plantation Road on Mar. 28.  When he answered the door, both men assaulted him before forcing him back inside the apartment, then into a grey sedan in the parking lot.

Documents state Howard and the other man drove Lyles to Grans Lane on Wadmalaw Island before fatally shooting him multiple times.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has charged him with murder, first degree burglary, and kidnapping.  Summerville Police Department officers charged him with giving false information to police.

He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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