Teen arrested in '15 Mother's Day deadly shooting faces charges as adult

Teen arrested in '15 Mother's Day deadly shooting faces charges as adult
Kedena Brown, 36, of North Charleston (Source: Brown's family)
Kedena Brown, 36, of North Charleston (Source: Brown's family)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A teenager accused of killing a mother of three children on Mother's Day in 2015 will now face charges as an adult.

Kenneth Lamont Robinson Jr., 17, of North Charleston, was charged with four counts of attempted murder, one count of murder, and a count of possessing a firearm during a violent crime for his alleged involvement on May 10, 2015.

Monday, Robinson was transported from the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia to the Charleston County Detention Center. He has been serving a sentence at that facility for a separate incident.

At a bond hearing Tuesday morning, a judge was unable to set bond for Robinson's murder charge, and four attempted murder charges; only a circuit court judge can set bond for those offenses. He faces a $200,000 surety bond for his firearm charge.

North Charleston Police say Kedena Brown, 36, of North Charleston, was struck by gunfire while driving her silver Chrysler 300 in the area of Ashley Phosphate and Northwoods Boulevard in the early morning hours of May 10, 2015.

A police report states officers responded to the area of I26 near mile marker 210 in reference to vehicles shooting at one another. Officers say upon arrival a felony car stop was underway by other officers.

Twenty minutes after the initial call, officers responded to the call of a person shot at the Exxon Station parking lot at 2330 Ashley Phosphate Road, according to the report. Upon arrival, officers found the silver Chrysler 300 teetering on the edge of a short brick wall that lead to the Denny's parking lot. Officers state Brown was found in the driver's seat suffering from a bullet wound to the neck. She was taken to MUSC, where she died from her injuries the next day.

According to court affidavits, a dark blue vehicle had been chasing a gray in color Chrysler 300. During the chase, occupant[s] of the dark blue vehicle were shooting at the Chrysler 300. Officers say they observed the Chrysler 300 traveling at a high rate of speed along Ashley Phosphate Road towards Interstate 26 and attempted to stop it. This Chrysler 300 exited Ashley Phosphate at the entrance ramp for Interstate 26 East.

Court documents state at approximately 1:40 a.m. Brown was driving her silver Chrysler 300 on Ashley Phosphate Road towards I-26. Prior to the intersection of Ashley Phosphate Road and Northwoods Boulevard a dark blue colored vehicle came along the driver's side of Brown's SUV, the affidavit states. Shots were fired at Brown's vehicle, striking her in the neck and head.

Investigators state a confidential informant identified Robinson's involvement in the chase and shooting of the four individuals in the Chrysler 300 in the Dorchester Waylyn neighborhood. Robinson was 15 years old at the time of the incident.

Further investigation shows Robinson was on probation for a separate offense, and was wearing a GPS ankle monitor at the time of the shooting, according to the affidavit. GPS reports show Robinson's movements in the area of Ashley Phosphate Road during the early hours of May 20, 2015.

Other arrests in the case include Derrontae Holmes, 20, Charmani Keperiche Shark-McDonald, 21, Richard Simmons Jr., 21, and Nigeia Tamika Brown, 36.

Holmes, who turned himself in, was charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Shark-McDonald was charged with obstruction of justice. Simmons is charged with four counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Brown is charged with Obstruction of Justice.

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