CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One of the men implicated in the death of a Lowcountry teen is avoiding a murder trial and pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Court records confirm Julius Brown pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement earlier this month to voluntary manslaughter, attempted robbery and obstruction of justice in the murder of 17-year-old Marley Lion. The agreement requires Brown to cooperate with authorities. He will be sentenced later.
Brown is one of four people implicated in Lion's death in the summer of 2012. Investigators say he, Ryan Deleston, and Bryan Rivers planned on robbing Famous Joe's bar on Savannah Highway, but targeted Lion instead when they found him sleeping in his car in the parking lot.
Deleston is accused of firing the shots that took Lion's life. A fourth suspect, George Brown, was charged as an accessory after the fact.
Lion had recently graduated from Academic Magnet High School and was headed to Clemson University as a freshman before his murder.