CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville man was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder for the 2012 killing of Sharell Williams.
According to Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, a judge sentenced Kadrin Singleton to life in prison on Friday based on the facts of the case and the defendant's 2008 convictions for Burglary 3rd degree and Strong Arm Robbery.
Assistant Solicitors Culver Kidd and Chris Lietzow, who prosecuted the case, say that on November 20, 2012, Kadrin Singleton arranged a drug transaction where he was supposed to by a quarter pound of marijuana for $1,500.00 from Williams. According to the media release, Singleton's true intent was to rob the victim at gun point. The release says that the drug deal quickly turned into an armed robbery, which then turned into a murder when the victim, Williams, did not take Singleton's threat seriously. Singleton then shot Williams four time, killing him immediately, according to the release.
Assistant Solicitor Kidd stated, "When initially interviewed by NCPD, Singleton claimed he wasn't even at the scene of the shooting. At trial, however, he admitted to the shooting but claimed self-defense. Our verdict showed the jury caught on to the defendant's lies and reinforces our contention that simply calling a killing a "drug deal gone bad" is not enough to excuse murder."
In addition to the murder charge, Singleton pled guilty at the start of the trial for the companion charges of trafficking cocaine, failure to stop for blue lights, and possession of a stolen motor vehicles charges. The release states that the judge sentenced Singleton to maximum sentences on those charges as well and they will run concurrently to his life sentence.