Teen suspects in Lee County murder appear in court

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (WACH) - Three teenagers accused in the murder of a Bishopville high school student were in court Wednesday to face charges in the case.

Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon says the body of Shakez Bracey, 17, was found in a wooded area of Lee County Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say Dontrell Fortune shot Bracey Friday night in a dispute over drug money. Simon says the two were cousins.

Fortune's 16-year-old brother and cousin, and 18-year-old Ozhane Simon are charged with murder in the case. A judge did not set a bond at Wednesday's hearings.

Sheriff Simon says the trio was riding in a car with Fortune and Bracey Friday night.

Investigators say another group of teens retaliated by shooting and killing Fortune on Saturday. Davon McFadden, Kalvon Goodman, Kevin White, and Sunallah Liles have been charged with murder in Fortune's death. All four were denied bond at a Tuesday hearing.

"We've got ten young people under 20 years old. Their life has been ruined," said Sheriff Simon. "Two dead. Eight incarcerated. This is uncalled for."

Goodman's 48-year-old mother, Sarah, is also charged in the crime. Investigators say she helped the teens elude police by paying for a hotel room and giving them transportation. Kalvon Goodman's girlfriend, Gewanna Burton, has also been charged in the case.

Lee Central High has homecoming festivities set for this weekend.

Sheriff Daniel Simon says he has talked to school district officials there and plans to beef up security to head off the possibility of more violence.

"One of the things is I've talked with the familes and said that we've had too many senseless deaths in the last week or so," said Simon. "We need to stop the violence against these young men."

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