CPD took their time, got it right and arrested four individuals who played a part in the murder of Marley Lion. We were initially concerned about reports indicating CPD officers had stopped two individuals fitting the description of the 'cocky walker' and the shooter and had let them go when they started to engage in the typical ghetto theater of loudly proclaiming police harassment. We held our tongue on the issue. As it turns out, at least one of the individuals stopped that night WAS involved in the murder.
CPD diligently investigated the case. We suspect the increased reward money put up by friends and family of Marley Lion was the catalyst to solving this case. A witness came forward and told police he/she knew how shooter Ryan Deleston held his weapon and the shooter in the video held his weapon in the same manner. What does that say about a you when people can identify you because they are familiar with the way you hold your gun. How many other armed offenses has Deleston gotten away with?
As it turns out, Deleston was talking about having a 9mm pistol very soon after the murder. We knew CPD wouldn't find the weapon in the pond. Remember this post where we passed on the wisdom of an old-time police detective? Our source called it right. Once again, the reward money may have been in play when CPD arranged for a confidential informant to buy the weapon from Deleston. The department then arranged for SLED to do a ballistics test and the test rounds fired from the weapon matched the rounds recovered from the body of Marley Lion.
To CPD - good job and solid police work.
To the 9th Circuit Solicitor and circuit judges - don't screw this up.
We searched Charleston County for Ryan Deleston's criminal history. There wasn't much there, which we find hard to believe. We also checked Dorchester & Berkeley counties with negative results.
In March of 2002 Deleston was charged with Possession of Cocaine, PWID Heroin and PWID Heroin Near a School. Judge Hughston was the sentencing judge.
Deleston was sentenced to one to two years, suspended in favor of probation on the cocaine charge. The PWID heroin charge brought a sentence of one to six years, suspended in favor of two years of probation. The PWID near a school charge brought the same sentence.
In December of 2003 Deleston was hit with a probation violation. No record of the status.
In 2008 he was charged with Petit Larceny. The charge was dismissed.
The latest developments lead us to believe "Bryan Rivers" gave up some info when he was arrested on a narcotics charge on July 17th. Rivers wasn't arrested when the crack he sold the undercover officer turned out to be fake. He could have still been charged with conspiracy to violate SC narcotics laws, but apparently his information was pretty good, so CPD released him. See what increased police presence and a zero tolerance approach can get you?
Now that we think about it, there is a good chance Rivers is the informant who bought the gun from Deleston.
This photo was taken on the same evening River's was selling crack to undercover officers. Deleston is the one in the red t-shirt with the cigarette in his mouth. Julius Brown is doing the ghetto squat at bottom left and Rivers is at the bottom right.
This was posted on Rivers' Thugbook page about two hours after Marley Lion was killed. Maybe his conscience was bothering him. Nah.
Here is some more stuff from Rivers' Thugbook page.
Bryan calling others from Ardmore, um, bitches? Hahaha!
Every notice how many of these thugs have the A&E show "The First 48" on their profiles? Doesn't seem to help them much.
"Choppas don't foget that 17 shit"? Hmmmm.....
In January of 2003 Rivers was charged with Assault With Intent to Kill. Our new favorite liberal socialist and nanny state advocate, the former judge and current Charleston County Councilman Victor Rawl handed down a sentence of six years, suspended in favor of three years probation.
Rivers was only on probation for a month before he caught a probation violation.
Ten days after the probation violation he was charged with Assault & Battery With Intent to Kill. Judge Westbrook sentenced Rivers to ten years. He was supposed to serve five and the remainder was supposed to be a five year probation.
Rivers wasn't out of prison for too long before he was hit with another probation violation in January of 2008.
In July of 2011 Rivers was charged with 2nd Offense Criminal Domestic Violence. Apparently he likes to beat his women. The case was reduced to a 1st offense and sent back down to the magistrate's court. No disposition is posted.
In October of 2011 Rivers was charged with 2nd Offense Possession of Crack. In February of 2012 he was sentenced to one year by Judge Kristi Harrington. As we can see, he only served two or three months because he was roaming Ardmore and posting to Facebook on June 16th.
"Julius Brown" was also arrested in the case. Julius has an extensive criminal history in Charleston County and has been given lenient sentence after lenient sentence by a number of judges.
In December of 1997 Brown was charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. He pled guilty in June of 1999 and was sentenced by Judge Gerald Smoak to one year under the YOA. A number of charges were combined in that court date.
In April of 1998, while out on bond on the above charge, Brown was arrested for another charge of Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Unlawful Possession of a Pistol by a Person Under 21. He pled guilty to the first at the same time as he pled guilty to the above charges. The under 21 charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Judge Smoak gave Brown the same one year sentence, to be served concurrently.
In July of 1998 Brown was charged with 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Kidnapping. The 9th Circuit Solicitor rolled these charges into the same June 1999 court date. The solicitor dismissed the kidnapping charge. Brown pled guilty to the CSC charge. Judge Smoak sentenced him to six years under the YOA, to be served concurrently with the other sentences.
In February 1999, while out on bond on all of the above violent charges, Brown was charged with Assaulting a Police Officer While Resisting Arrest. He pled guilty to this charge on the same court date as above and was sentenced by Judge Smoak to one year under the YOA. Concurrent, of course.
To sum it up, Brown was arrested for six violent crimes from 1997 to 1999. The 9th Circuit Solicitor dismissed two of those charges. Brown received a total sentence of nine years. He served less than two years.
In April of 2001 he was charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Possession of Crack. These charges were allowed to pend until 2004. Judge Deadra Jefferson took Brown's guilty plea on both charges and sentenced him to ninety days on each charge, then gave him credit for time served.
In October of 2002 Brown was charged again with Failure to Register. He also pled guilty to this charge in January of 2004 and Judge Jefferson gave him the same ninety days.
In February of 2004 Brown was charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Murder. The 9th Circuit Solicitor dismissed the charges with the notation, "Insufficient Evidence." They should have noted, "Witness murdered". We searched for details, but Google isn't giving up anything from 2004.
In May of 2005 Brown was charged with PWID Cocaine, PWID Cocaine Near a School, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Crack. The cocaine charges and the felon in possession of a firearm charge were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor in exchange for a guilty plea on the crack charge. Judge Kenneth Goode sentenced Brown to one year, suspended on the twenty-one days he served in jail and the remainder on probation.
The marijuana charge was remanded to Judge Lombard's court. No status is available.
In December of 2009 Brown was charged with Possession of Ecstacy and Criminal Domestic Violence. He pled guilty to the ecstacy charge and was sentenced by Judge Markley Dennis to six months, suspended in favor of one year of probation.
The CDV was sent to Judge Lombard's court. There is no status.
In 2009 Brown was charged with 2nd Offense CDV. He was sentenced to ninety days by Judge Thomas Hughston,
While we were compiling all of the above information we discovered a fourth individual had been charged. George Brown was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.