NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The teenager accused of providing the gun used in a deadly teen shooting will remain in jail for the time being following a bond hearing Friday morning.
A judge did not set bond for Demonte Wallace, 17, of North Charleston, for his charge of accessory before the fact of murder. Only a circuit court judge can set bond for this kind of charge.
According to a court affidavit, Wallace provided another person with a 9mm handgun, which was used to shoot and kill Amarai Smalls, 17.
Documents state Wallace was with a co-defendant, who police say is a 15-year-old juvenile, on Ranger Drive Tuesday night when an altercation started.
The affidavit says the situation became physical and the teen and Smalls separated.
During that time, police say the 15-year-old approached Wallace where he then gave a 9mm handgun to the teen. Court documents state upon taking the gun, the teen fired at Smalls multiple times striking him.
North Charleston police say they found Smalls dead behind a home on Ranger Drive Wednesday night.
"It's a senseless killing knowing that they were friends," said Ellen Smalls, the victim's grandmother. "How he could go the next day and walk around like nothing happened while my grandson laid there all night long until the next evening."
The families of Smalls and Wallace appeared in bond court Friday morning.
Smalls' grandmother spoke to the judge during Wallace's hearing pleading for no bond.
"He was on Facebook bragging to his friends [saying his] friend did this. Kill that (expletive)," she said. "The way they shot him, we know he might not have made it, but who is it for us to say with the medical work they have these days, what they could have done."
"I want him to know he hurt our family, but didn't break our family," said Smalls' father in court. "I think it would be a slap in the face if he is given the opportunity to be released. I don't think he has remorse."
Smalls' family was joined by the victim's advocate services and North Charleston officers during the hearing.
Many family members thanked the police department for their quick response in the case.
"They've worked on this case and found people so fast," said Joshua Davis, Smalls' older brother.
Davis said Smalls was his only brother and said what happened is depressing.
"He was loving, jokey, always liked to keep people smiling," he added. "He was the type of person who when you were around him you had to laugh."
The 15-year-old charged in the shooting is at the juvenile detention center.