Lexington, South Carolina authorities are dealing over a difficult criminal case this week. Francis Marion Reeves III, 62, is charged with murder in the Friday shooting death of 17-year-old Deshaun Rashad Clark. The case could turn on very murky facts involving a theft, beating, retaliation, and a drive-by — and one irate father. It also bears some resemblance to the recent controversial White case in New York.
The case began with a party thrown by Reeves’ kids at his lake home over the weekend. During the party, someone claimed to see Clark stealing the cellphone of one of Reeves’ children and another person grabbed Clark, who was struck several times. Clark vowed to return with friends to get even. Reeves’ son went to his father’s nearby house and told his father that that his daughter was attacked and the culprits were coming back. The father grabbed a loaded handgun and an unloaded shotgun.
Clark then returned with friends and Reeves shot him. He later bled to death at a firehouse. When Reeves went back to his house and sat on the front porch, one of Clark’s friends, Breon Jacoby Mayers, 17, allegedly drove by and shot at his home. He has also been charged.
The case has some similarities to the John White case, here. White was convicted in a racially charged case.
One of the more interesting aspects of this case is whether the court will exclude the drive-by shooting that occurred after the fatal shooting of Clark. The prosecution is likely to file a motion to suppress the attack as immaterial and potentially prejudicial to Reeves’ case. Yet, Reeves’ attorney could still call Mayers as a fact witness. He would likely invoke his privilege against self-incrimination, which could help his defense in the eyes of the jury.
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