BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County man was sentenced to life in prison for a 2009 fatal shooting that took the life of the brother of a former NFL football player.
A jury convicted Ron Santa McCray for the killing of Reginal Porcher who is the brother of Robert Porcher III, a former all-pro NFL football player for the Detroit Lions.
The murder happened on the afternoon of Sept. 16, 2009.
Deputy Solicitor Bryan Alfaro said McCray held a grudge against the victim and had been looking for him for months. When McCray located Porcher, who was visiting with friends and family near Jack Primus Road, he approached the victim with a sawed-off shotgun.
As Porcher attempted to get into his truck to escape, McCray shot him once in the back through the rear glass of the victim's truck. Several witnesses called 911 but Emergency Medical Technicians were not able to revive Porcher, who was dead at the scene.
McCray, who had been identified early in the investigation, was apprehended on James Island the next day and told police officers where the murder weapon was hidden.
Several eye-witnesses as well as law-enforcement officers testified at the week-long trial. Physical evidence found during the investigation linked the defendant to the murder.
There was testimony at trial that after the victim was shot, he fell out of his truck and onto the ground.
As the victim attempted to stand, McCray kicked him in the head and yelled profanities at him before fleeing the scene.
"This was a senseless act of violence, made even more egregious in that it took place in broad day light front of over a dozen innocent bystanders, including some very young children," Alfaro said.
After the verdict was returned Robert Porcher brought the courtroom to tears when he spoke about the impact the murder of his younger brother has had on his family.
"Reggie will never fall in love, never get married and never experience the joy of fatherhood," Robert Porcher said."He will never see his Godson play football or see his niece graduate from high school. We have been robbed of Reggie's future."