Murder victim, suspects attended Fort Dorchester High School

Davis and Brown (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)
Davis and Brown (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)
Maraleius Birdsong
Maraleius Birdsong

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester school officials say fatal shooting victim Maralieus Birdsong and two people suspected in his murder all attended Fort Dorchester High School.

Officials say 19-year-old Stephawn Brown had recently graduated and 17-year-old Jontae Demetrius Davis was still in school before both were arrested and charged in 20-year-old Birdsong's murder.

Brown and Davis were denied bond for the murder of Birdsong who died at MUSC after being shot at the Appian Way apartments on Patriot Drive on March 9.

According to an affidavit, Davis called a witness just after the incident and said Brown shot Birdsong in the head "execution style" during the robbery.

Affidavits and incident reports provided indicate Birdsong was delivering pizza to an apartment on Patriot Drive for a person named "Tre." When Birdsong arrived, the resident of the home said that no order of food was placed but a person named "Tre" lived at another apartment.

Police say Birdsong then returned to his vehicle at which time he was shot one time in the head.

Authorities say Brown was found hiding in the back of his mother's car close to the crime scene in the Appian Way apartment complex on Patriot Boulevard in Dorchester County. Investigators say they found a cell phone in Brown's possession that was also used to place the $38 delivery order to Domino's Pizza, where Birdsong worked.

The following day, investigators say they searched Brown's home and found pizza from Domino's Pizza in the kitchen and Brown's bedroom dresser drawer. Investigators say a 9mm handgun has been recovered but not confirmed as the murder weapon.

North Charleston Police say that an account has been set up at the First Federal to assist Birdsong's family with expenses associated with his funeral and medical bills. Police say anyone wishing to donate can go to any First Federal branch to donate to the Maraleius Birdsong fund.

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