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Another arrest in SC State student's April murder

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By Logan Smith - bio | email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Another person has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a South Carolina State University student a month ago near campus, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said Ray Anthony Alston, Jr., 22, of North Charleston, and a 16-year-old male from Holly Hill are charged with murder for the April 15 death of 22-year-old Jonathan Bailey of Holly Hill. Timmons said the juvenile is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

On Wednesday, Hillard D. Pinkney, 22, of Holly Hill, was also arrested and charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Alston, Pinkney and the teen are accused of meeting Bailey at the university's Queen Village student housing complex around 11:00pm for a pre-arranged drug transaction. After a brief discussion, Timmons said Bailey tried to escape from Alston and the teen, and was shot in the chest while sitting in his car.

Bailey drove away from the scene, crashing into the Campus Services building less than a block away. He later died as a result of the shooting.

Alston was arrested on Saturday in Charleston County, and is being held at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center. Timmons said the juvenile turned himself in to SLED agents in Orangeburg County Tuesday afternoon, and will be housed at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

SC State police are assisting SLED with the investigation. Timmons said more arrests are expected.

A spokesperson for the university released the following statement Wednesday morning: "We will continue to pray for and to support the Bailey family during this tumultuous time, and we will continue our efforts in this ongoing investigation. This tragedy, however, is an isolated incident for SC State University. The University Police Department has implemented safety measures for the students on this campus, and we are currently working on additional initiatives to ensure that our campus community is well guarded."

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