Teen charged in connection to pizza delivery driver's murder going to trial

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

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A case against an 18-year-old charged in connection to the murder of a pizza delivery driver earlier this year will go to trial.

On Monday morning, a judge bound the case against Jontae Davis over to a grand jury.

According to an affidavit, Davis called a witness just after a March 9 fatal shooting that took the life of Maraleius Birdsong and said Stephawn Brown shot Birdsong in the head "execution style" during the robbery.

Prosecutors say Davis and Brown were together at the time of the shooting.

A judge ruled on April 16 that the case against Brown will go to a grand jury. Brown is accused of killing Birdsong execution style after Birdsong tried to deliver a pizza order at the Appian Way apartments in North Charleston.

Affidavits and incident reports provided indicate Birdsong was delivering pizza on March 9 to an apartment on Patriot Drive 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.

Davis surrendered to authorities in March.

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