Two more men have been charged with murder in the Aug. 12 shooting death of a Union County High School student.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor said Wednesday afternoon that Daveus Lamonte Boler, 18, 4879 English Ave., Carlisle, and Danny Ray Gossett, 21, 208 Leroy Gossett Road, Union, had been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Dequan Tyrone Jones. Taylor said Boler was arrested at his home at 7 a.m. Wednesday while Gossett was arrested at his home around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Taylor said both are charged with murder, attempted murder, malicious injury, and discharging a firearm into a dwelling.
The arrests of Boler and Gossett bring to four the number of individuals charged with killing Jones, who was a rising senior at Union County High School. Also charged with Jones’ murder are Chadrick Harold Johnson, 23, 851 Cambridge St., Carlisle, and Devonta Elemeshion Mobley, 20, 124 Lawrence St., Carlisle.
Johnson and Mobley are also charged with murder, attempted murder, malicious injury, and discharging a firearm into a residence.
Johnson was taken into custody the day of the shooting while Mobley was arrested last Friday.
Boler, Gossett, Mobley and Johnson are all being held in the Union County Jail.
Jones was shot in the Lukesville Road area of Buffalo around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. A second man, 20, was also wounded. He and Jones were transported by private vehicles to the emergency room at Wallace Thomson Hospital where Jones died a short time later. The second victim’s wounds were non-life threatening and he has since been released from the hospital.
Taylor said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing and that he expects more arrests will be made. When asked about the motive for the shooting, Taylor said that investigators have determined a motive, but he declined to reveal it because it could have an impact on both the investigation and the trial of the suspects.
He did say, however, that Jones knew the accused, but declined to reveal any further information about their relationship due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
A gun was recovered at the scene which Taylor said investigators believe was used in the shooting. He said Wednesday that the gun was a 9mm Highpoint. The gun had been fired, but Taylor said it had apparently jammed and there were still bullets in the magazine. He declined comment on whether investigators had determined who was carrying the gun at the time of the shooting.
Taylor thanked his deputies for all their hard work on the case.
“This has been a very time consuming case,” Taylor said. “Captain James McNeil, the detectives and patrol officers, have worked many long hours to bring this case to where it is today. I commend my officers for all they do to serve Union County and I am proud of their work. We are working hard to bring closure and justice to this case.”