Teen charged in SCSU killing

2014-01-25T22:51:00Z 2014-01-31T22:57:27Z Teen charged in SCSU killing The Times and Democrat

The man believed to have killed a South Carolina State University football player during an argument on Friday was in jail on Saturday.

Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of 2007 Woodland Road, Charleston, is housed at the Orangeburg County Detention Center after he appeared for arraignment before Orangeburg County Magistrate Donald West on Saturday morning.

Singleton is charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed Brandon Alexander Robinson, 20, on the S.C. State campus just before 2 p.m. Friday.

The State Law Enforcement Division announced early Saturday that law enforcement took Singleton into custody in Orangeburg.

The arrest warrant states Singleton was arguing with Robinson when he “pulled out a gun and fired at Robinson, hitting him in the neck area.”

Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall said Robinson died of a single gunshot wound to the neck. He was pronounced at 2:54 p.m. at the Regional Medical Center.

By law, bond will have to be set by a circuit court judge.

Officials on Saturday did not say if they continue looking for three other suspects. On Friday, authorities said four men were being sought in a multiagency manhunt off the S.C. State campus.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said Saturday there is no ongoing safety concern for the community, but he declined to say whether there is still an active manhunt.

First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said he was notified of the shooting moments after it happened. He is receiving updates as the investigation unfolds. Pascoe is confident the arrest means the shooter has been apprehended.

Investigators have not learned about the nature of the argument that led to the shooting.

“It doesn’t really matter,” Pascoe said. “We have one person who is dead and another facing a serious charge.”

Pascoe said law enforcement has fielded questions as to the possibility of the shooting as gang-related, but the investigation has not turned up any evidence to lead authorities to that conclusion.

“My heart goes out to the Robinson family, especially his mother,” Pascoe said. “You send your child to college to get a degree and in the blink of an eye, he’s gone.”

According to Orangeburg County 1st Circuit court records, Singleton has previously been charged with public disorderly conduct in April 2013.

In November, in an unrelated incident, a bench trial found Singleton guilty of driving on the wrong side of the road, an offense for which he was cited in September.

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