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17-year-old charged in Santee teen’s death
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17-year-old charged in Santee teen’s death

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An Orangeburg County male has been charged in a fatal shooting that happened near Santee in 2020, according to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

“This has been a lengthy and non-stop investigation to get a resolution in this case,” Ravenell said in a release. “We have made an arrest, and we are continuing the investigation to find out who else may be involved.”

Ravenell said a 17-year-old Santee male has been charged with murder after a warrant was obtained last Thursday.

The charge stems from an Oct. 5, 2020 shooting that left 14-year-old Tyler D. Benjamin dead.

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Witnesses at a Tee Vee Road residence said gunfire erupted from a nearby wooded area resulting in the teen’s death.

Multiple witnesses alleged the 17-year-old was the shooter, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators said.

Ravenell said more arrests are possible.

Inv. Dujuan Council is leading the ongoing investigation.

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The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the murder suspect.


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