Rock Hill, SC teen killer shot 2 pals within the head, cops say
A Rock Hill teen charged with a February double homicide is alleged to have shot two males within the head, then faked efforts to assist them, police stated in courtroom Friday afternoon.
Sam Saadiq Robinson, 16, is charged with capturing Zuinquarius McCrorey, 20, and Malik McCullough, 23, on Chestnut Avenue in Rock Hill after using round with them on Feb. 26, Det. Ryan Thomas of the Rock Hill Police Division stated. Robinson made his first South Carolina courtroom look, a bond listening to, after being arrested in Charlotte on March 1.
Thomas advised Rock Hill Choose Jane Modla that Robinson plotted the assault from the day earlier than, then carried out the killings.
Thomas advised Modla that Robinson obtained a gun on Feb. 25 and that night time shot up the house and automobile of McCullough and McCullough’s dad and mom on Chestnut Avenue. These crimes had been reported however not instantly solved.
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‘The household needed to take care of that terror,” Thomas stated.
On Feb. 26, Robinson rode round with McCrorey and McCullough earlier than the 2 males needed to go to work. The 2 males had been within the entrance seats and Robinson within the again, police stated.
Thomas stated, round 1:40 p.m., Robinson killed each males, who police described as Robinson’s pals.
“In a premeditated plan Mr. Robinson used the misplaced belief of his pals and bought into the car with them,” Thomas stated. “Mr. Robinson then shot each victims at the back of their heads.”
The automobile, nonetheless in drive, rolled down Chestnut Avenue, Thomas stated. Robinson jumped from the transferring automobile and hid the homicide weapon, Thomas stated.
Then Robinson ran to the place the automobile had crashed into a close-by fence and faked efforts to assist the victims as emergency responders and police arrived, Thomas stated.
Robinson was questioned on the scene on Feb. 26, however Thomas stated police didn’t have sufficient proof to carry Robinson.
Robinson’s household took him to Charlotte in an effort to cover him from the police, and any potential retribution from pals of two victims, Thomas stated.
“Mr. Robinson’s actions are tied to legal gang exercise on his half,” Thomas stated.
No different details about the gang affiliation of Robinson has been launched. It stays unclear what the motive for the killings was.
Police haven’t launched details about how Robinson bought the gun at age 16, or if the gun has been recovered.
Robinson was caught in Charlotte March 1. He was extradited Friday from the Charlotte jail.
Thomas stated Robinson is a “risk to society” if launched on bond.
Modla denied bond for Robinson.
Robinson is charged as an grownup. He faces 60 years to life in jail if convicted. Robinson is also charged with possession of a weapon throughout a violent crime, unlawful gun possession by somebody underneath age 18, capturing into an occupied dwelling, and capturing inside the town limits.
Robinson made no statements in courtroom. His lawyer, Geoff Dunn, additionally declined to remark apart from to say he knew Robinson wouldn’t obtain bond.
After courtroom, Dunn stated he would be sure that Robinson’s rights are protected.
“I’ll strenuously defend Mr. Robinson’s rights all through this course of,” Dunn stated.
Robinson shall be despatched to the S.C. Division of Juvenile Justice to await trial. Defendants underneath age 17 are saved in juvenile detention.
Robinson’s mom is within the York County jail underneath a quarter-million greenback bond after she was charged with obstructing justice. She is accused of deceptive police as they looked for Robinson after the killings.