Prosecutors are seeking to revoke bond for the suspect in a Dutch Fork High student’s killing for going out to a concert venue Thanksgiving weekend.
The effort comes after the victim’s brother encountered Kierin Dennis at a party at Columbia Sound Stage on Nov. 28, court records say.
Dennis’ presence there violates restrictions included in a $100,000 bond set July 17 that kept him out of jail until the charges against him are settled, the revocation request says.
He is allowed to leave his home near Lexington only to go to work, church and his lawyer’s office, records say.
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Dennis faces a murder charge in the fatal stabbing Feb. 17 of Dutch Fork High student Da’Von Capers after a basketball game with rival Lexington High.
State Rep. Todd Rutherford, Dennis’ lawyer, declined comment Friday on the bond revocation request.
No hearing is set on the request from deputy 11th Circuit solicitor Rick Hubbard.
The effort to cancel bond comes after Capers’ brother Byron saw Dennis, 19, at the event, court records say. It was a chance encounter, authorities said.
Included in court records are photographs of Dennis at the event and a report from Columbia police called there by Capers’ family to see whether Dennis should be detained then for violating his bond.
Dennis, a 2013 graduate of Lexington High, is accused of stabbing 17-year-old Da’Von Capers as he stood at the side of Dennis’ vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to the CookOut restaurant in Lexington. Cell phone videos show a boisterous crowd of Dutch Fork students.
Dennis, who was seated in the vehicle, claims he feared for his life and should be immune from criminal prosecution as allowed in self-defense under stand-your-ground standards. Circuit Judge Thomas Russo is weighing that request.
Tensions between the two high school teams led to the presence of Taser-equipped law enforcement officers at the game to keep students of both schools separated as they arrived, watched play and left, according to testimony at a Nov. 18 court hearing.
Dennis has denied claims by Dutch Fork students that he told them “Meet us at the CookOut. We got something for you.”
According to testimony, after the stabbing, Dennis went home, buried two knives in his car washed his clothes and went to bed. He later took police to where the knives were buried, authorities have said.
Laronzo Capers, father of the victim, declined comment Friday on the bond revocation request.