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Affidavit: Murder suspects were going to rob Famous Joe's

Julius Brown, Ryan Deleston, Bryan Rivers and George Brown. (Source: CCDC) Julius Brown, Ryan Deleston, Bryan Rivers and George Brown. (Source: CCDC)
WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) -

Additional affidavits released Wednesday in regards to the Marley Lion murder case provides more insight into what happened on the night of the 17-year-old's death.

Court documents state 30-year-old Ryan Deleston said he, 32-year-old Julius Brown, and 27-year-old Bryan Rivers had actually planned to rob Famous Joe's during the early-morning hours of June 16, rather than anyone in the parking lot. Deleston told police Lion "interrupted their plan" so they decided to rob him instead.

An affidavit states Julius Brown performed a "surveillance sweep" of the parking lot and Lion's vehicle, to determine the number of occupants and to check for any pedestrian presence.

Deleston said he and Rivers then attempted to carry out the robbery. Police say Deleston was the one who fired shots after Lion sounded the vehicle alarm.

Rivers told investigators during a July 30 interview, "He shot that white boy for nothing."

Since Charleston police say the attack was a coordinated effort, all three suspects were charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in addition to other charges.

The affidavit also clarifies the involvement of 27-year-old George Brown, who faces a charge of accessory after the fact of murder.

Court documents state George Brown brought the handgun which killed Lion to Deleston on July 15, just minutes before police purchased the murder weapon through a confidential informant.  Brown was issued a $200,000 bond Wednesday.

After the bond hearing, George Brown's father said his son kept quiet about the murder because he doesn't trust the police.

In November, 2010, the younger Brown was shot five times just before he was scheduled to testify for the prosecution in a murder trial. George Brown Jr. said police failed to protect his son.

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