Man accused of pushing teen out of moving van released from jail

Adonis Blake
Adonis Blake

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 21-year-old man accused of pushing his high school football teammate out of a moving van three years ago has been released from jail.

Brandon Holmes, who was accused of beating and throwing a fellow Baptist Hill High School football player out of a van in 2009, was released last month. Holmes was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

According to court officials, charges were dropped against Holmes for a lack of evidence.

Court records online state that the same charges against a second man, 22-year-old Rakim Livingston, have also been dropped.

Investigators say Adonis Blake, who was 17 at the time, was thrown out of a moving van on July 14, 2009. Detectives said at the time, that Blake's head injuries were so bad he had to be placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure from his brain.

Authorities arrested both Holmes and Livingston, who was Blake's classmate, for the incident.

Forty days after the incident, Blake, with his body battered, came out of his coma. Last summer, without a wheelchair and without his walker and cane, Blake received his diploma at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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