Columbia man charged with shooting death of brother

mlucas@thestate.comJune 19, 2014 

Calvin Recardo Bryant, Jr.

COURTESY OF THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

— A Columbia man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of his brother after he allegedly fired shots into a Lexington County home over a drug dispute, officials say.

Calvin Recardo Bryant, Jr., 20, was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting, which occurred this past weekend at a home on Lawndale Drive near Gaston, said Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty in a statement released Thursday.

Bryant’s brother, Marquies Eugene Smith, 19, of Cayce, died Wednesday after he was shot in the forehead at the home, an arrest warrant alleges.

The incident occurred early Sunday when Bryant fired a .40 caliber round into the home, located north of Gaston near U.S. 321.

Bryant and Smith intended to fire several rounds into the residence, investigators say, because they were unhappy with a drug deal that took place with a person who lived at the home.

While firing the gun, Bryant inadvertently shot Smith in the forehead, the warrant alleges, resulting in Smith’s death four days later.

Bryant was initially charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling and the unlawful carrying of a pistol. He was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Anyone with any additional information about criminal activity involving Bryant is asked to contact investigators at (803) 785-8230, or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC, McCarty said.

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