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Co-defendant testifies in Marley Lion murder trial

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Bryan Rivers in court on Wednesday. Bryan Rivers in court on Wednesday.
Deleston in court. Deleston in court.
Marley Lion was gunned down July 16, 2012. Marley Lion was gunned down July 16, 2012.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Bryan Rivers took the stand against Ryan Deleston, who is charged with Marley Lion's murder last year.

At first, Rivers wanted to go to trial on the murder charge, but he had a change of heart just a few weeks before the trial.

The accused killer, 32-year-old Ryan Deleston,  faces life in prison without parole if convicted of Marley Lion's murder. On Wednesday morning, Rivers left the Charleston County jail to testify against Deleston. Rivers identified the murder weapon in court.

Rivers admitted he was part of the plan to rob the teen who was napping in his car at a Savannah Highway shopping center in June of last year. However, Rivers said he didn't want Lion to be shot.

Charleston police say it was Deleston who tried to get into Lion's SUV while the teen was sleeping. Police say Lion interrupted plans to rob a nearby bar. Rivers testified after Lion turned on his car alarm, Deleston ran off, went back to the SUV and shot and killed Lion.

Rivers admitted he was involved in an armed robbery with Deleston and others in downtown Charleston two hours before Lion's murder. He says he was the one with the gun during that robbery.

The defense is trying to prove Rivers also killed Lion.

George Brown, who prosecutors say supplied the gun to kill Marley Lion, also testified that he attempted to sell the weapon after the murder. Brown said he had a possible buyer, but the guy backed out because the gun was "too hot."

A confidential informant was also on the witness stand where he testified that Deleston offered to sell him the murder weapon for $80.

Both Rivers and Julius Brown were allowed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for their testimony against Deleston.

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