Bond has been set on two brothers accused of murdering a Bowman man over a cellphone.

Chavasse Michael Smith, 20, and Hasani Dion Smith, 18, of 81 Circle Drive, Cayce, are accused of murdering Brandon Boyd.

Hasani Smith is charged with murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson on Monday set his bond at $200,000 surety. He stipulated that if Smith is able to post bail, he’s required to remain under house arrest with GPS monitoring.

Chavasse Smith is charged with murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less, attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Several days ago, Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein set Chavasse Smith’s bond at the same rate and stipulations.

Chavasse Smith has not yet posted bail.

The brothers remain jailed at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Their trial is expected to begin during the first part of 2018.

Boyd, a 22-year-old Bowman man, died on Oct. 10, 2016.

According to Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers, the Smith brothers contacted Boyd about a cell phone that he’d advertised for sale through Craigslist. He alleges the brothers planned to rob Boyd.

The parties met at the Hess station on Burke Road.

In a press release shortly after the incident, Summers stated, “Our investigation has revealed that both Chavasse Smith and Hasani Smith were armed with handguns, as was the deceased victim. While all of the parties involved were negotiating the sale of the cell phone, both suspects and the victim began to shoot at each other, which resulted in the death of Mr. Boyd.”

“This was a senseless act of violence that occurred over the purchase of a cell phone,” Summers said.

Darian Washington, 21, of 273 Woodcote Drive, Gaston, is facing the charge of accessory after the fact to murder in the case. He’s out on bond.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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