A judge on Tuesday night denied bond to two South Carolina teens accused of murdering a good Samaritan who stopped to help them pull an SUV out of a ditch, according to a report.
Deon Frasier, 17, and Michael Dupree-Tyler, 19, appeared in bond court after police say they robbed and fatally shot 45-year-old construction worker Chadwick Garrett, of North Charleston.
Garrett’s relatives could be heard calling the teens “cowards” during the hearing, according to WCSC.
“With all due respect, I’m sorry for the family and all that,” Frasier replied. “But they coming at me the wrong way because I didn’t murder anyone.”
Witnesses told investigators Garrett agreed to pull the 2016 Dodge Durango out of a ditch for $20, WCSC reported. After towing the SUV back onto the road, he asked the teens for payment and Frasier allegedly fired multiple shots at Garrett, striking the victim in the chest.
They then jumped in the vehicle and drove away, according to the TV station.
Roughly 20 minutes after the shooting, police received a call from a woman who said someone was using her SUV without her permission. The description of the vehicle matched the one Frasier and Dupree-Tyler were driving, police said.
The same woman tried to cancel the report when the SUV was returned, according o 911 operator records. Police responded to the woman’s apartment complex where they arrested Frasier and Dupree-Tyler after a brief standoff.
Both face murder charges; Frasier was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.