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An Orangeburg woman is no longer facing murder and other charges in connection with an April 14 shooting death.

Investigators initially charged Amber Marie Green, 25, of Webster Street, with murder, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

At Green’s May 22 preliminary hearing, a judge dismissed her charges of murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

“We had extensive discussions with the solicitor’s office at the time and we felt (the charges) were appropriate and warranted,” Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Director Mike Adams said.

The charge of discharging a firearm within the city limits remains.

Donovan Smalls, a 20-year-old Benedict College student, died and a 19-year-old female Claflin University student was injured during the deadly incident just outside of a Summers Avenue house party.

Adams said the investigation into the shooting incident continues.

“Additional charges may be filed and other arrests aren’t ruled out,” he said.

Warrants state that Green didn’t fire the shots that injured the Claflin University student and killed Smalls.

Rather, warrants accused Green of firing a handgun leading to a chain of events which caused co-defendant, Tyler Jamal Givens, 19, of Johns Island, to allegedly open fire.

Givens remains at the Orangeburg County Detention Center on charges of murder, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

The solicitor’s office alleged that Green was a party promoter and the Summers Avenue house party on April 14 was one of her events.

Law enforcement officers believed that Green exited the house and approached individuals associated with a Dodge Charger, which was playing loud music.

The occupants of the Dodge Charger and Green got into an argument, according to the solicitor’s office.

Green allegedly told the occupants that they needed to leave because they were taking away from her party, the solicitor’s office argued during her circuit court hearing for bond consideration in late April.

She allegedly entered the house, retrieved a firearm and fired it into the air, according to prosecutors.

They argued Green’s action served as a catalyst in the events where two groups of people began shooting at each other.

When those shootings began, Givens allegedly retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and began shooting down the street.

Neither Smalls nor the injured 19-year-old female were involved in the shootings.

Green and her attorney, Thomas Sims, did not return calls seeking comment.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 17 years.

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