The Claflin University student charged in his roommate’s shooting death has lost his best friend, the suspect’s attorney said.
“It looks like this is a tragic accident,” attorney Jerry Leo Finney said during a Sunday bond hearing.
His client, 21-year-old Andre Demetrius Sanders Jr., has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Finney said Sanders called 911 immediately after Friday’s incident which killed Dravious “Dre” Terry, a 21-year-old from Greer. Both were Claflin seniors.
“They were not only roommates, they were best friends,” Finney said.
Magistrate Derrick Dash set Sanders’ bond at $75,000. He can’t leave the state without the court’s permission, have any contact with Terry’s family or trespass on Claflin University’s campus
Terry’s father, the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office victim’s advocate and Investigator Marty Carrigg asked Dash not to set a bond.
Dash said he doesn’t think Sanders is a flight risk.
Finney assured the court that Sanders will appear for all court dates. Dash said Sanders is allowed to leave the state to live with this parents in Savannah, Ga.
Finney told the court that Sanders is expected to graduate next month from Claflin with a degree in accounting.
Sanders and Terry lived together for about a year and did not have any prior incidents prompting a response from law enforcement, Finney said.
“My client has been in jail all weekend. He’s been cooperating,” Finney told the court.
The shooting incident occurred Friday morning at the privately owned Campus Corner apartments on Chestnut Street.
Investigators detained Sanders for questioning and charged him later Friday afternoon.
This is the second time in two weeks a Claflin student has suffered a gunshot wound off campus.
On Oct. 31, a junior in mathematics suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound at an apartment complex near Buckley Street and Russell Street.
Authorities have not yet charged anyone in that shooting.
Friday’s shooting and the one on Oct. 31 are not related, according to sheriff’s office Major Rene Williams.