CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There's a new effort to get a federal case against a man charged in connection to a Mt. Pleasant fast food restaurant robbery tossed out.
Timothy Taylor pleaded guilty on those federal charges related to the 2011 robbery.
His name has also been floated as having knowledge of the 2009 disappearance of Brittanee Drexel.
The New York teen was on spring break when she disappeared.
On Wednesday night, members of the National Action Network and NAACP joined the new Black Panther party in Charleston for a town hall.
They say the federal government should not even be involved in the robbery case, and it was a local crime which Taylor had already served probation for.
Right now, Taylor is awaiting sentencing on the federal charges which he pleaded guilty for on July 12, 2017.
Federal prosecutors said Taylor failed a lie detector test related to the disappearance of Drexel. Prosecutors said they are still working on compiling evidence in the Drexel disappearance.
Taylor's attorney said he and his client met with the FBI three times and told agents Taylor has no idea what happened to Drexel.
During the summer of 2016, an FBI agent testified in open court that Drexel was abducted, gang-raped at a "stash house" in the McClellanville area, shot after trying to escape, and then her body was fed to alligators.
A jailhouse informant accused Taylor and his father, Shaun Taylor, of being directly involved in Drexel's murder, according to the agent's testimony.
Taylor has denied killing Drexel.
At present, no one has been charged in her disappearance.