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Argument over video games leads to murder

Law enforcement officers in South Carolina reported that a 19-year-old man shot and killed a 31-year-old man after the two argued while playing video games. The incident happened at a Rodeway Inn in Charleston on April 27.

According to the North Charleston Police Department, the two men were playing video games when they started arguing. The 19-year-old man then reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the 31-year-old man twice before allegedly fleeing. Officers reported that he left the door open to the hotel room, and motel staff found the man dead inside.

The 19-year-old then allegedly stole the older man's vehicle. He was spotted driving in it by the police, but he managed to elude them. He was later caught in the vehicle with a juvenile. When he was taken into custody, he reportedly admitted to participating in the homicide and told the officers that he had thrown the gun out of the vehicle into the woods. The officers were able to locate the gun. The man is currently in custody at the Al Cannon Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Convictions for violent crimes such as murder can result in sentences of life in prison. People who are facing serious felony charges may want to get help from experienced criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible after they have been charged. Attorneys may analyze the evidence that is being used against their clients to help to identify potential defenses to raise. They may use investigators and experts to help to build their defense cases. They might be able to negotiate favorable pleas to lesser charges or to capped sentences.

Source: The State, "They were playing video games and started arguing. Now SC teen is charged with murder, police say", Noah Feit, April 30, 2018

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