No bond set for second suspect in shooting that killed teen

No bond set for second suspect in shooting that killed teen
Jamal Drayton. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge denied bond for a 22-year-old man charged in the restaurant parking lot shooting Friday that left a 15-year-old dead.

Bond was automatically denied for Jamal Drayton because only a circuit court judge can set bond on a murder charge.

Drayton surrendered to officers Tuesday afternoon and was being held at the Charleston County Detention Center, North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Members of the family of Derrick Roper, the 15-year-old victim, were present at Drayton's bond hearing.

Roper's father told the judge he's having a hard time dealing with his son's death.

"I talked to my son just before it happened. I just didn't even get a chance to say goodbye," he said.

Court affidavits state Roper was trying to break up a fight during a drug deal when he was shot. The bullet struck him in the upper left shoulder, but projectiles struck an artery, affidavits state.

A hearing before a circuit judge will be scheduled at a later date.

Calvin Benekin, 22, is also in custody and charged with murder, while three others, Deshone Rivers, Brittney Wall and Tyler White were charged with drug-related offenses in connection with the case, Pryor said.

Police responded to a reported shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Olive Garden near Northwoods Mall.

Police say they found the victim, later identified by the coroner as Roper, in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper left shoulder. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died, Pryor said.

Investigators believe a drug deal was to take place Friday when the victim was shot.

"The scene had several pieces of marijuana scattered around a parking space with a large pool of blood," a responding officer wrote in the incident report. "There was also one spent shell casing, and one I've round in the same area."

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