Investigators arrest suspect in North Charleston murder

Source: CCDC
Source: CCDC

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a man for a murder in North Charleston.

Ronald Cornell Bryant is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

Police arrested Bryant Thursday at a Stokes Road home in connection with the murder of Thelmont Royal on March 9, 2017, on Bonds Avenue.

"During the investigation, detectives were able to identify Bryant as the suspect," Pryor said.

Investigators said Bryant confronted the victim, identified as Thelmont Montaro Royal, about a prior altercation, then produced a handgun. Bryant shot at Royal several times as Royal was attempting to flee, an affidavit states. A friend of the victim transported him to the hospital where he later died of his injuries, but investigators say before he died, Royal made a dying declaration that "Ron...Ron..." shot him, the affidavit states.

A witness also positively identified Bryant from a photo lineup, police say.

Bond was automatically denied on the murder charge because only a magistrate judge can set bond for that charge.

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