Man charged with murdering 23-year-old in Goose Creek

Published: Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM EST
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David Chavis (Source: BCDC)
David Chavis (Source: BCDC)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek police have charged a 43-year-old man with fatally shooting another man found dead in a wrecked car near Lindy Creek Road late last year.

Goose Creek Police Captain John Grainger said David Chavis, of North Pandora Drive, is charged with murdering 23-year-old Darrell Allen.

Allen was found dead early Dec. 13 inside a wrecked 2013 Nissan Altima in a ditch adjacent to Lindy Creek Road. 

Police said Allen suffered five gunshot wounds ranging from his upper torso to his lower left thigh. His head was positioned under the passenger-side dashboard and his legs were facing the seat.

Police also said they detected the odor of marijuana while looking into the vehicle, and found a plastic baggie which appeared to contain a white powder substance.

A total of eight gunshots were found in the Altima, according to an affidavit.

Several hours later, police said Chavis arrived at their department suffering from a gunshot wound to his right arm.  He was then arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Court documents state Chavis told police Allen shot him while they were in the car, so he grabbed the gun, a Glock .40 caliber handgun, and shot Allen in self-defense.

However, police later determined a second gun, a .38 caliber revolver, had been used by Chavis in the incident.  That gun was found after a witness told police where Chavis had taken it, according to the affidavit.

When confronted with the discovery of the second weapon, police said Chavis confirmed the gun was present during the altercation.

SLED analysis concluded three of the bullets fired from the .38 caliber revolver hit Allen.

Forensic evidence recovered from the Altima also indicated Chavis' DNA was found on the airbag, while Allen's DNA was found on the backseat and front-passenger seat, court documents state.

Chavis is expected to appear before a bond judge on Thursday night.

The investigation of this case is ongoing, according to Grainger.

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