Man sentenced to life for Wadmalaw Island murder, kidnapping

Man sentenced to life for Wadmalaw Island murder, kidnapping

WADMALAW ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Prosecutors say a 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison in for the murder and kidnapping of a man who was found on Wadmalaw Island.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced that a Charleston County jury found Kevin Lamar Howard guilty of murder, burglary and kidnapping following a two and half day trial in connection to the 2012 death of Adrian Lyles.

A judge sentenced Wilson to life on the murder charge and 30 years for the burglary and kidnapping charge.

A witness testified that on March 28, 2012 Lyles was abducted from his home in West Ashley by Howard, who is his cousin, and a man named "Ty."

Lyles' body was found early the next morning in a remote area of Wadmalaw Island. According to investigators, Lyles had been shot 10 times, six of which were to the head. Prosecutors say three different types of weapons were used in the incident.

According to prosecutors, a friend of Howard's testified that after the shooting, she met Howard in a vehicle with "Ty" and Broderick Seay. Authorities say inside the vehicle was a canvas bag that Howard used to hold his shotgun.

Investigators say Howard hid out in hotels for the following three days before he was arrested in Summerville during a traffic stop with Seay. Evidence at the trial revealed that Howard attempted to lure people into establishing a fake alibi. Prosecutors say Howard told at least two witnesses that Lyles was a snitch and that his name was  "stank on the street."

According to Jennifer Kneece Shealy, the family of Adrian Lyles was in the unenviable position of losing a loved one to violence and losing the Defendant because of his acts.

Last week, Seay turned himself over to authorities on a murder charge in connection to Lyles' death.

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