Jury convicts man of murder in 2016 shooting of North Charleston bartender

Deandre Murphy (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Deandre Murphy (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Brantley, a popular bartender, was found shot dead in a North Charleston parking lot. (Source: Facebook)
Brantley, a popular bartender, was found shot dead in a North Charleston parking lot. (Source: Facebook)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man investigators said once rapped about the killing of a popular North Charleston bartender was convicted of the crime Thursday.

Jahmal Green, 20, was 17 when he was charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and armed robbery in the April 20, 2016, shooting death of 43-year-old Eric Brantley, who was found near his motorcycle in a parking lot on East Montague Avenue.

A jury convicted Green of the murder and weapons charges, according to Green's attorney, Greg Voigt. Green was acquitted of the armed robbery charge, Voigt said.

De'Andre Murphy, also 17 at the time of the incident, faces the same three charges, but his trial has not yet begun, according to court records.

Police arrested the two women who were also in that vehicle, one of whom was the driver, they say.

During a preliminary hearing in the case on Sept. 22, 2016, North Charleston Detective Jerry Jellico testified he showed Green a photo of Brantley during an interview at the police station, and that's when the suspect started rapping.

"He began rapping to the victim saying, 'F*** him, f*** this, I shot him in the head, I shot him in the head,' and rapping all over, took the picture said, 'f*** it' and threw it on the floor," Jellico testified. "Myself and Benton took him to jail and he just sung about killing and thug life and all this kind of stuff the whole way to jail."

Charleston County dispatchers said they received a call about shots fired in the area at approximately 3:32 a.m. on April 20, 2016. At 7:27 a.m., they received a call reporting someone spotted a body in a parking lot.

That body turned out to be Brantley, who investigators said had just ended his bartending shift and had been robbed of his cellphone.

A sentencing date for Green has not yet been set.

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