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3 suspects now in custody in deadly Huger shooting

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HUGER, S.C. (WCIV) — Two people were taken into custody Friday afternoon in the hunt for those responsible for the shooting death of a man in Huger.

That makes three of five suspects now in custody for the death of 27-year-old Kadeem Johnson (view photo).

The two men taken into custody, Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said, were 17-year-old Jacob Mouzon and 18-year-old Drake Campbell.

The sheriff said they were captured at around 1:30 p.m. in an area off Highway 41, in the the woods near a horse trail. He said officers were tipped off by someone driving down Highway 41 in the area towards Jamestown.

“They were captured by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputies and SLED’s hound tracking team,” Sheriff Lewis said. "SLED put the bloodhound tracking team on the ground with our k-9 officers as support and picked up the track real quick."

The suspects were tracked by the dogs for about four miles, the sheriff said.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force also helped with the search and is assisting the sheriff’s office with identifying the other two suspects.

As far as where those remaining suspects may be, the sheriff said he does not believe they are in the area officers have been searching. He said the ground search ends for now, until more information can be gathered.

The motive for the deadly home invasion is still unknown.

"We are hoping in the next day or so, we will have a better, clearer message of what the motive was in this murder that we have," Sheriff Lewis said.

Johnson was shot to death at a mobile home on Martha Lane at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.


Deputies say Johnson and a woman arrived home to find the five suspects who forced them inside the trailer. Johnson was shot during a fight. The woman was also wounded, and Lewis said late Thursday night she is recovering and expected to survive.

-ORIGINAL-

Four men are still sought in a deadly home invasion that happened in Huger Thursday morning.

Deputies say 26-year-old Kenneth Campbell Jr., of St. Stephen, is in custody. Sheriff Duane Lewis says deputies caught up to Campbell near Eccles Church Road.

The others, deputies believe, are pinned down in a 7-8 mile area of the Francis Marion Nation Forest.

Campbell was alone when he was taken into custody, Lewis said, but there were other tracks in the area that made deputies think more suspects were nearby.

Lewis also identified two of the other wanted men, 17-year-old Jacob Malachi Mouzon and 18-year-old Drake Edward Campbell.

Drake Campbell is a former Timberland High School football player. Head Coach Art Craig confirmed Campbell was a star running back for the program.

"My heart is broken right now. I'm sick to my stomach. I can only pray this is a bad dream," he said.

Late Thursday, Sheriff Lewis said his office is working to get arrest warrants for first-degree burglary, armed robbery, and murder for the trio. He says more charges are pending.

The two other suspects remain unidentified, Lewis said.

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Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said Kadeem Johnson was the man shot to death at the mobile home on Martha Lane at about 2:30 a.m.

Deputies say Johnson and a woman arrived home to find the five suspects who forced them inside the trailer. Johnson was shot during a fight. The woman was also wounded, and Lewis said late Thursday night she is recovering and expected to survive.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown. The sheriff says the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone knows anything about this or any other crime, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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