Three people charged in Newberry teen’s shooting death
NEWBERRY, S.C. (WIS) - Three people, including two 17-year-olds, are facing charges in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old in Newberry.
Mykian Davis was one of four teens shot and killed in a span of 15 hours in May.
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Newberry Police charged 22-year-old Davonta Holley, 17-year-old Damani Davenport, and 17-year-old Xavier Palmer with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and criminal conspiracy.
Each of the three was denied bond, according to jail records.
Davis was shot shortly after midnight on May 22 in the 700 block of Wise Street. He later died of his injuries at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Later that day, Jahquindon Toland, 18, Jhisere Robinson, 15, and Sonterrious Davis, 19, were shot and killed in the same neighborhood.
Newberry Police Chief Kevin Goodman said it’s still too early to say whether or not the shootings are connected. Investigators are waiting on forensic results from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division based on evidence collected at the scenes.
Days after the shootings, Goodman said at a news conference, “One thing that we do know is that all these victims knew each other, and they at least were associates and were in the same social circle.”
On Monday, Goodman said it’s a possibility that the shootings in May were gang-related.
He said investigators hope to get more clarity on that question by talking with the three people who have been charged in Davis’ death, each of whom has a criminal history.
Holley and Davenport were arrested in July for a shooting at a Little Caesar’s on Wilson Road, which police said was related to an ongoing feud between the intended target and rival gang members.
Palmer faces charges in connection with a July 30 shooting incident at the Nance Forest apartments.
Duane Dean Jr., born and raised in the Wise Street area of Newberry, said there never used to be this problem of youth violence.
“What changed is kids watch a lot of these,” he said, referencing his cell phone. “They show them a whole lot of stuff and they’re changing. And respect, oh my God, no respect.”
Goodman said these cases are personal to him because has spent years mentoring young people in Newberry.
Dean said he coached youth football alongside Goodman.
“We had nice kids, we had good kids, and we gave them good advice,” he said. “But once we leave, you never know who might come behind our back to tell them wrong or who they might follow to try to fit in.”
No arrests have been made in connection with the other teen shooting deaths that happened on May 22.
Police declined to say whether any of the three charged in Davis’ death could face charges in connection with those other shootings.
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