Four more arrests made in connection with SC State killing

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 31, 2014 

— State law enforcement officials on Friday announced the arrest of four more suspects in last week’s fatal shooting of a South Carolina State University student.

SLED announced arrest warrants had been issued on the charge of accessory after the fact of murder for Raymone Sinclair Reed, 23, of Charleston; Darius Anthony Frazier, 23, of Cordova; and Shannon Deandre Davis, 27, and Kevin Alonzo Winningham, 22, both of Orangeburg.

Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, was arrested the day after the Jan. 24 shooting and charged with murder. Authorities allege Singleton shot and killed junior Brandon Robinson, 20, a Bulldog football player.

According to arrest warrants, the four men drove with Singleton to the S.C. State campus in Orangeburg. There, the warrant alleges, Singleton argued with Robinson outside of Andrew Hugine Suites Hall, an on-campus dormitory, and then pulled out a gun and shot him, hitting Robinson in the neck area.

The five suspects then fled the campus together in Singleton’s vehicle, according to the warrants, then abandoned the vehicle in an attempt to escape.

Singleton was enrolled as a sophomore business major, university spokeswoman Elizabeth “Liz” Mosely-Hawkins said. He was charged with public disorderly conduct by S.C. State University police in April, according to his arrest record.

Singleton’s mother is an employee at S.C. State, Mosely-Hawkins confirmed.

Robinson, who was from Orangeburg, studied industrial engineering technology.

“The S.C. State University family is devastated by the tragic loss of Brandon,” president Thomas J. Elzey said in a news release. “Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow by the senseless act of violence, which took too soon a beloved member of our university family.”

Robinson was paying his way through college and all he wanted to do was play football for the university, Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough said in a news release.

A funeral service for Robinson is set for Saturday. He will be remembered at an event at 1 p.m. at the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School gym. The event is open to the public.

The Associated Press contributed.

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