An Orangeburg man accused of trying to kill four people says his family knows the truth.
Cristyon “Diddy” Labaron Evans said he was nowhere near the Chestnut Street Bojangles during a shooting incident last month.
“My mother will call you right now and tell you I’m not the man who did it,” he said during court on Monday.
“I was nowhere near the scene,” he said. Evans insisted he was asleep for 12 hours on a couch at his mother’s house at the time of the shooting.
Evans, 30, of 114 Frazier Lane, is facing four counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and one count each of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators accuse Evans of firing multiple shots at two men who sat in a vehicle at Bojangles on Jan. 20.
One of the men received five gunshot wounds, a warrant states.
During court on Monday, Evans said the gunshot victim was his brother.
“This is a live family member. This isn’t somebody I call my brother,” he said.
In another incident, investigators allege that Evans fired multiple shots at two men as they traveled on Charleston Highway on Jan. 8.
The gunshots damaged the passenger side door, hood, interior and console, an incident report states.
Victims in the incident told deputies that Evans fired five times.
Deputies took Evans into custody on Friday.
After deputies took Evans into custody, the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety served Evans with two warrants accusing him of pointing and presenting a firearm at two women on two separate occasions, one on Dec. 14, 2017 and the other on Feb. 22.
A municipal judge set Evans’ bond at $25,000 each on those two charges.
During his bond hearing Monday, Evans told Orangeburg County Magistrate Sam Daily that investigators “have the wrong man.”
He told the court that an employee at Bojangles showed him the surveillance video of the shooting incident.
“I look nothing like the guy who did the shooting,” he said. “He is two shades lighter than me and his hair is shorter.”
Evans accused Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Marty Carrigg of “not doing his job” in locating the real suspect in the shooting.
“He’s doing a poor investigation. Y’all need to investigate him,” Evans said.
Carrigg told the court that one of the victims in the Jan. 8 incident positively identified Evans as the person he saw before and during the shooting.
In the Jan. 20 incident, Carrigg said that one of the victims identified Evans as the shooter, but the other victim stated that he didn’t see who was shooting.
Evans told the court, “I’m not the type to just run around with guns.”
Carrigg stated that Evans has several prior convictions, including: criminal domestic violence, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, public disorderly conduct, simple assault and probation violation.
Daily did not set bond on the county charges on Monday, leaving the issue for a circuit court judge to decide at a later date.
If convicted of attempted murder, Evans faces up to 30 years in prison on each count.