UPDATE (3/2/17 12:00 p.m.): Murder suspect taken into custody Wednesday night in Clarendon County.
ORIGINAL POST: An arrest warrant for a 24-year-old Rembert man has been issued by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for the September 2016 Wedgefield shooting death of a Sumter teenager.
Assad Jamal McNeil faces both murder and weapons charges in connection with the death of 17-year-old Jaquell Dinkins, and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the sheriff’s office.
McNeil is described as black male standing 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. Anyone spotting McNeil, or anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspect, are asked to call the sheriff’s office immediately at (803) 436-2000, or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718.
During the early morning hours of Sept. 8, 2016, deputies responded to a shooting incident at a residence in the 200 block of Apollo Street in Wedgefield and found the teenaged victim lying unresponsively in the front yard of the home, shot in the back. Dinkins was declared dead at the scene.
Shortly after the shooting, Deputy Ken Bell, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said witnesses told deputies the shooting occurred without warning, shortly after a group of people had knocked on the door of the mobile home where the shooting occurred.
Bell also said deputies were initially told the shots fired in the incident came from either inside the home or the front yard just outside the home, adding that whoever opened the door to the residence had apparently also attempted to physically pull the visitors inside before the shooting. However, conflicting stories from witnesses caused initial problems for investigators in the six-month-old case.
Earlier in the investigation, the sheriff’s office named a 30-year-old man as a “person of interest” in the shooting, but after speaking with him, he was removed from that list. Now, however, investigators feel they have found information convincing them that McNeil is responsible for the crime.
McNeil already had two bench warrants for his arrest before the sheriff’s office issued the warrants for murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.