Affidavit: Men charged in Marley Lion murder connected to earlier robbery

Published: Sep. 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Court records state three men charged in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Marley Lion used the same gun to rob a woman and man in downtown earlier that night.

According to affidavits, on June 16, George Ellis Brown acted as the getaway driver for Julius Brown and Bryan Rivers who robbed two people on Rutledge Avenue in downtown using a gun. The gun was provided by George Brown, and was later used to kill Lion an hour later.

George Brown has since been charged with accessory before the fact to armed robbery and accessory before the fact to attempted armed robbery.

An affidavit states at 2:57 a.m., police officers responded to 195 Rutledge Ave. in reference to a man and woman who both said they were robbed at gunpoint by a man.

Police say Julius Brown and Rivers later admitted to the downtown armed robbery and said the weapon used was provided by George Brown who also provided the getaway car. Court records state Brown admitted to prosecutors his involvement in the incident.

According to court records, at 4:05 a.m. police responded to the Famous Joe's parking lot on Savannah Highway and found Marley Lion shot multiple times in an attempted armed robbery.

Authorities say George Brown later provided a statement to prosecutors admitting he drove through the Famous Joe's parking lot to check the area, and provided a gun to Ryan Deleston in the attempted armed robbery.

Deleston, who is charged with fatally shooting Lion, is set to face trial the week of Oct. 7, according to the prosecutor's office.

Investigators say Deleston, Julius Brown, and Bryan Rivers planned on robbing Famous Joe's, but targeted Lion instead when they found him sleeping in his SUV in the parking lot.

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