St. George murder suspect arrested, denied bond

St. George murder suspect arrested, denied bond

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - St. George police say they have arrested the suspect who shot and killed a Jacksonboro man in a gas station parking lot early Sunday.

Brandon Davis, 28, will be charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to police.

According to St. George Town Officials, Davis was denied bond on the murder charges. He will now have to go before a circuit court judge.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Easy Shop Shell station on Jim Bilton Boulevard near Interstate 95 around 2:30 a.m. According to Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet, several people had arrived at the station after leaving a nightclub in the small community of Hudsontown.

Nisbet said one person pulled out a handgun and fired seven to eight shots, injuring 27-year-old Edward Raymone Clayton Holmes. Nisbet said Holmes was driven to the Colleton Medical Center, where he died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head just minutes later.

Police say Davis was the shooter.

Pat DeMartino, who is staying next door to the gas station at the Econo Lodge recalled hearing "just a bunch of noise... people yelling at each other."

He said didn't realize what was happening until he went outside his room.

"I heard noise outside and I thought somebody was banging outside my window because my TV was too loud," said DeMartino. "When I came outside and looked across the way to the sub shop there were half a dozen people out there just surrounding the poor guy getting the beating or whatever they were doing."

DeMartino says he immediately returned to his room and the next time he looked outside he saw police lights, crime scene tape and a pool of blood.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was also involved in the investigation, which is ongoing. According to the incident report, Davis worked on the South Carolina State University campus. He was brought in for questioning. Investigators say he admitted to getting the gun from his vehicle and firing.

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