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An Orangeburg man is accused of killing a 29-year-old earlier this month.

Leroy Bowers, 35, is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the June 15 shooting death of Edward Ervin “Blakk” Hamilton of Orangeburg.

“For no reason this individual just shoots and kills this man,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.

“There is no good reason in the world to commit such a callous act as this,” he said.

Bowers was formally charged and presented his rights during a hearing on Tuesday. He was told bond could be requested at a later date from a circuit court judge.

“This is not a bond hearing,” Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick Dash said. “This court lacks jurisdiction to set bond.”

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Victim’s Advocate Amy Rickenberger asked to court to put into place a no contact order, which was granted.

Sheriff’s office investigators were called to a location on Fourth Avenue just before 11 p.m. on June 15 after callers stated a man had been shot.

A 29-year-old man was lying in the roadway near the junction with Rume Court. Investigators noted the man appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds.

Area residents told investigators they had been enjoying a cookout when they heard multiple shots fired nearby.

They called 911 after seeing an apparent victim of the shooting in the street.

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