Bond denied for two teenagers facing murder charges in Mt. Pleasant fatal shooting

Bond denied for two teenagers facing murder charges in Mt. Pleasant fatal shooting
Seabrook and Coakley
Seabrook and Coakley

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says two teenagers are facing murder charges for a shooting in Mount Pleasant that took the life of a 21-year-old man on Wednesday.

Authorities say 17-year-old James Seabrook is charged with murder, armed robbery, and possession of a deadly weapon. Deputies say the second arrest, 19-year-old James Coakley, is facing armed robbery charges in connection to the crime.

Bond was denied for both suspects on the murder charges, and set at $200,000 for the other charges.

According to officials with the sheriff's office, Coakley is expected to face the same charges as Seabrook.

Investigators say both men were charged after they met with detectives in reference to the shooting death and implicated themselves in the case. Cannon said both of the suspects were brought in by their parents.

Authorities say they have been searching for the two men since Wednesday afternoon in connection to the shooting death of 21-year-old Solomon Ancrum of North Charleston.

According to authorities, the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to Dingle Road off of Highway 17 for a report of shots fired in the area at 10:50 a.m. When deputies arrived they found a green 2001 Buick Century at the end of Dingle Road with Ancrum in the driver's seat.

Witnesses say they saw three men run from the scene. Cannon said the shooting stemmed from a drug deal where the suspects were exchanging money for drugs.

The mother of a man found shot to death in Mt. Pleasant made a tearful plea Thursday for help to find his killer.

"People need to stop this, stop this. they don't fight with their hands no more. They fight with guns. Please, please, please, stop it, please," said the victim's mother Elaine Ancrum.

"That's my baby boy. That shouldn't have happened. Please Jesus, please, please, please," said Ancrum.

She says she last saw Solomon Wednesday when she cooked a meal for him.

She says he was supposed to go see his girlfriend and then take a friend to work on Daniel Island.

Then she got the horrible news.

"I just don't understand why somebody would go this far, just to murder him over something so small for whatever it was," Tyrone Saunders said.

Investigators aren't saying if they have a motive for Ancrum's murder.

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