NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied Friday for a 16-year-old accused of fatally shooting a man after hog-tying him and ransacking his apartment with the help of other suspects, officials say.
Marcus Abdul Spann, Jr., of North Charleston, has been charged with murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Court documents say he was identified by witnesses.
Spann will be tried as an adult, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor. Authorities believe other suspects were involved.
Court papers say the 16-year-old and other suspects ransacked the victim's apartment after binding the his hands and feet. Investigators say the victim, later identified as 42-year-old Draco Istan Ali Ben Walker, was shot once inside the apartment before freeing one hand and managing to make it outside. They say he was then shot several times more outside of the apartment.
According to court affidavits one of the rounds hit Walker in the middle of his throat.
According to an incident report, officers found Walker Iying face-down with his wrists tied together with a shirt and his ankles tied with a belt. Further, a bed sheet was used to tie his wrists and ankles together.
"My husband did not deserve to be ambushed and tortured the way he was," Walker's wife Jessica said after the suspect's bond hearing.
"I'd like to know what was going through these children's minds and I would like to know who put them up to it. I'd like to know where it all started and just why?"
Witnesses told police two men dressed in all black were seen leaving the area.
The motive appears to have been robbery, Pryor said.
Even though these children murdered him for no reason I need everybody else to understand that Mr. Ben needs his justice," Jessica Walker said.
The investigation is ongoing.