Deon Frasier, 17, and Michael Dupree-Taylor, 19, are two South Carolina teens who have distinguished themselves in the alleged depravity of criminal conduct. The two asked 45-year-old Chadwick Garrett to help them pull their vehicle out of ditch. When he did so, they allegedly shot and killed him rather than pay him for his trouble.
Garrett was reportedly promised $20 to pull the car out of the ditch. When he asked about the money, he was reportedly shot several times in the chest. The affidavit is a bit unclear on the witness who came forward. She is described as calling police 20 minutes after the shooting about her SUV being used without her permission.
Police went to the woman’s apartment and she said that Frasier and Dupree-Taylor were inside.
Police say that Dupree-Taylor confessed to being at the scene of the shooting while Frasier confessed to being the gunman that shot and killed Garrett.
The shocking case maximizes the premeditation and callous elements that tend to guarantee a death sentence. With the confessions, if admissible, the defense would have to focus on the mitigating elements on sentencing. However, this is not a good case for any jury.