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Home  |  News  |  KERSHAW COUNTY MAN RECEIVES 30 YEARS FOR GANG-RELATED MURDE

KERSHAW COUNTY MAN RECEIVES 30 YEARS FOR GANG-RELATED MURDE
Friday, May 27, 2011

 
CAMDEN, SC- A local man received 30 years in prison today for his part in the 2007 murder of 17-year-old Michael Smith. Markelle Reid, 22, pled guilty to murder in 2009, however his sentencing was withheld due to his involvement in the prosecution of his co-defendant Byron Wood, who pled guilty to murder earlier this year.

Today, Reid was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Judge Thomas W. Cooper, Jr.
In November of 2007, Markelle Reid stole several guns from his grandfather’s house in Kershaw County. Over the next two weeks Reid began texting other individuals to find out how he could rejoin the local “Bloods”, even if it meant he had to shoot someone. On Friday, December 7, there was a party at the American Legion in Cassatt. After several altercations, Reid was kicked out of the party, which was eventually shut down at 10pm due to fights. A large group of kids from the party later showed up at the McDonalds’s/Tiger Shop near I-20 in Camden. An altercation between Markelle Reid, several others and the victim, Michael Smith, broke out inside the McDonald’s. Smith was then chased out into the parking lot by Reid. Reid fired once into the air, and then a second time into Smith’s chest, killing him.

Reid was driven from the scene to Wateree Villas Apartments in Camden and was later arrested by the Camden Police Department. Reid gave a full confession of what he did that night. His clothes were collected and showed traces of gunshot residue. The stolen guns were retrieved, and SLED firearms examiners confirmed the shotgun fired the shell found at the scene.

“This crime has had a significant impact upon the Camden/Kershaw County community,” said Solicitor Dan Johnson. As Solicitor Johnson pointed out during today’s hearing, in tragic situations like this no one wins. “Unfortunately, this is a case in which there are no winners, the defendant will spend the better part of his life in prison for a crime he should have never committed; and the victim, Michael Smith will never be able to become an adult and live the life he dreamed of having.”

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