A 45-year old man has been murdered on Monday after helping two South Carolina teens pull their SUV out of a ditch. Both teens have been arrested on murder charges.
According to police reports, the two teens, 17-year-old Deon Frasier and 19-year-old Michael Dupree-Taylor, asked 45-year-old Chadwick Garrett for help when the SUV they were driving, a 2016 Dodge Durango, got stuck in a ditch.
Witnesses during the incident stated that Garrett agreed to help the two teens, for the price of $20. The two teens allegedly agreed. However, once the SUV was out of the ditch and Garrett tried to collect his pay, Frasier allegedly took out a gun and unloaded several rounds on the 45-year-old. Garrett was struck in the chest.
The pair then sped away, with the 19-year-old Dupree-Taylor driving. About 20 minutes after the incident, local police received a report from a woman about her SUV being taken by the two teens without her permission.
The teens were tracked down by the police, and after a brief standoff, the pair surrendered and were apprehended. Both Frasier and Dupree-Taylor were booked into the Charleston County Jail early Tuesday.
Both Frasier and Dupree-Taylor face murder charges in connection with the fatal incident. The 17-year-old has also been charged with possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
Investigators have stated that the 19-year-old Dupree-Taylor confessed to being present at the scene of Garrett's fatal shooting. For his part, the 17-year-old Frasier also admitted that he was the gunman who shot and killed the Garrett.
Moses Garrett, the father of the slain man, spoke to the teens as the suspects faced the charges against them.
"It's so sad; these young babies here, they're getting more and more terrible out there on the streets. You guys killed a man. Only cowards carry guns," he said.
Moses Garrett further addressed the teens, stating that he wished they were raised by a better father.