Kenneth Campbell

Kenneth Campbell

A man sentenced to 20 years in prison in the death of a Holly Hill man got out early. Now he’s accused of murdering someone in Berkeley County.

Kenneth Campbell Jr., 26, of 521 Jametrice Lane, St. Stephen, is facing five charges in a Berkeley County case that left one man dead and a woman injured. He is one of five suspects in the July 21 home invasion and shooting.

Campbell faces one count each of murder, attempted murder and first-degree burglary. He also faces two counts of armed robbery.

He was originally charged with murder in the Sept. 24, 2012 death of 39-year-old Richard Davis, who was found in his yard with a gunshot wound to his head.

Co-defendant Jordan Akeem McDaniel, 27, of St. Stephen, was also charged with murder in the death.

In October 2015, Campbell pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in McDaniel’s death. Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced Campbell to 20 years in prison.

McDaniel wasn’t cooperative, First Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said.

On April 21, 2016, Campbell’s public defender and prosecutors asked Dickson grant Campbell an order of protective custody.

According to courthouse documents, both the prosecutors and public defenders had “concerns regarding the above-referenced inmate at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C. This inmate is scheduled to be a witness in an upcoming trial at the Orangeburg County Courthouse during the week of April 25, 2016. The Defendant he is testifying against has known family members and associates residing at Lee Correctional Institution.”

Dickson signed the order, which stated, “the defendant be placed into protective custody at the Bamberg County Detention Center in Bamberg, South Carolina until this matter is disposed of.”

On April 25, McDaniel pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Davis’ death.

On the same day, Dickson reduced Campbell’s sentence to ten years. It was suspended to time served and five years of probation.

Dickson granted Campbell credit for the 1,211 days he already spent incarcerated.

McDaniel’s sentencing in the Holly Hill case will come after he’s sentenced on unrelated federal charges.

A sentencing date for McDaniel’s federal charges has not yet been set.

Pascoe said that Campbell cooperated in the case concerning Davis’ death and agreed to testify against McDaniel.

“It appears the judge gave great weight because (Campbell) cooperated by testifying against the alleged triggerman in the case,” Pascoe said.

Pascoe said the sentence reconsideration was left up to the judge’s discretion.

Now, less than three months after Campbell’s release, he’s facing multiple charges in the Berkeley County case.

Campbell’s warrants in that case allege he was one of the suspects who ambushed two people upon their return to a Martha Lane residence in Huger.

Campbell allegedly forcibly robbed them at gunpoint of a purse which contained approximately $3,000 cash, a cellphone and their two motor vehicles, the warrant states.

Before taking their vehicles, Campbell and others allegedly forced them into the house, ransacked it for additional items, bound the victims’ hands with heavy-duty tape and killed 27-year-old Kadeem Johnson by shooting him in his head after forcing him to kneel, the warrant states.

The woman was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina hospital where she is undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds to her hands and chest.

According to the Berkley County Sheriff’s Office, Jacob Malachi Mouzon, 17, of Bonneau, and Drake Edward Campbell, 18, of St. Stephen, are also charged with murder. Both suspects are also in custody.

The sheriff’s office named a fourth suspect on Wednesday: Sherrod Deon Palmer, 23.

Palmer is believed to be armed and dangerous. If anyone knows Palmer’s whereabouts, contact 911.

The office has not yet named a fifth suspect.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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