Crime & Courts

Three men arrested in fatal KFC shooting

Three men have been charged with murder and armed robbery in a shooting death earlier this month outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Columbia police have arrested Reginald Miller, 19; Victor Antonio White, 19; and Demond M. Sanford, 18. Miller and Sanford are students at Benedict College, Columbia Police Chief Tandy Carter said. He did not know Miller's background.

The three are accused of shooting Steven Pierre Duckett, a 25-year-old from Eastover, on Feb. 3. The shooting involved drugs and cash, Carter said. He would not say who had drugs.

Workers at the KFC on Taylor Street near Two Notch Road found Duckett dead in the front seat of his Chevrolet Tahoe when they arrived for work. The Tahoe was blocking the restaurant's drive-through lane, police reported.

Duckett had been shot in the head.

Tips from the public led investigators to the three teenagers, Carter said. Investigators followed those leads, he said.

"We are convinced we have the right people," Carter said. "We're trying to bring peace of mind to the family."

White was arrested early Thursday morning by Columbia police, the State Law Enforcement Division's fugitive team and the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

Miller was arrested Thursday afternoon, and Sanford was picked up Friday. Both were apprehended by Benedict College Campus Police.