NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charges have been dismissed against a man arrested in connection with a shooting that left three people dead at a North Charleston Motorcycle shop last year.
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office confirms they have dropped a charge of second-degree assault by mob against 50-year-old Derryl Gadson.
Gadson was identified as one of the men involved in the June 29, 2013 fight between two rival motorcycle clubs outside of Cycle Gear, located at 4400 Dorchester Road. The fight took a fatal turn when shots were fired, leaving three people dead.
Chief Deputy Solicitor D. Bruce DuRant says the charge was dismissed because there was no other evidence putting Gadson inside the store or participating in the assault other than the account of the victim.
Ronald Reid, 44, was initially charged with first-degree murder, after investigators claimed he shot and killed 41-year-old Maurice Lamark Horry during the melee between the Columbia-based Real Kings and the Wheels of Soul. Reid was cleared in March of criminal wrongdoing under the Stand Your Ground Act.
On the day of the incident, police say Horry was being attacked by a number of men inside the store, so he ran out to his motorcycle in the parking lot and grabbed his gun from under the seat. Police say witnesses told them Horry pointed his gun at a large group of men assembled outside and ordered them to back away.
Investigators say Reid then shot Horry, but Reid's attorneys say that is not the case. According to them, witnesses say Horry shot first, and struck Reid. Attorneys argue that Reid, who has a concealed weapons permit, was acting in self-defense when he returned fire.
Reid's attorneys also argue he was not part of the initial confrontation inside the store which prompted the fracas, and had only just arrived at the parking lot when Horry began firing shots. Reid's attorneys say he was attending a fundraising cookout at Norton & Son's Auto-Detailing Shop across the street just before accompanying his friend, 36-year-old Summerville man Theodore Waymeyers Jr. to go purchase a helmet.
Waymeyers Jr., along with 39-year-old Carols Davis, of Columbia, were also killed in the shootout.