Suspect in Christmas Eve murder faces bond court judge

Suspect in Christmas Eve murder faces bond court judge

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond for one of four charges Friday morning against a 16-year-old in connection with a Christmas Eve murder.

Quintavis Toomers is charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The judge set bond at $200,000 for the weapons charge, but bond was denied for the other charges, meaning Toomers will remain in custody.

Police say Toomer shot and killed 19-year-old Derek Burgess in a hotel room on Dec. 24. Investigators responded to the scene of the Extended Stay America Hotel on North Arco Lane hotel just after 2 a.m.

According to a police report, when officers arrived, they found Burgess with gunshot wounds to his chest and arm.

Officers say it all started when Burgess arranged to meet a woman at the hotel through the website Backpage. Shots were fired, and Burgess and a 24-year-old man were hit, the report states.

Police say both were taken to M-U-S-C, where Burgess later died.

The families of Toomer and Burgess were in the court room Friday, but neither made any statement after the hearing.

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