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Murder trial continues in case of murdered West Ashley teen

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Ryan Deleston was allegedly identified by three other defendants as being triggerman who shot Marley 6 times. Ryan Deleston was allegedly identified by three other defendants as being triggerman who shot Marley 6 times.
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Opening arguments in the murder case of Marley Lion began Tuesday morning.

First on the stand was Lion's mother who says she tried looking for him when he didn't make it home by his curfew the night of June 15, 2012, by morning the family said a prayer to hear from him and instead the coroner was knocking on the door with news if his death.

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Despite multiple objections by the defense, prosecutors showed pictures of Lion's wounded body. The defense claimed the images were "highly prejudicial" towards Ryan Deleston and had nothing to do with finding the murderer, only provoked emotion.

Many of Lion's family members left the court as the images were shown, those who did not covered their faces with their hands and passed tissue among each other.

Charleston police officer Robert Deal took the stand, he's the officer who first responded to Lion as he lay shot in the Famous Joes parking lot. Deal said that Lion was fading but able to tell him two men attacked him, one was dressed in black and wearing blue jeans. The defense points out he never was able to describe the second man and said the fingerprints on the car did not match Ryan Deleston.

Tuesday also began the testimony of the alleged accomplices George Brown, Julius Brown and Bryan Rivers. Julius Brown was the first to testify against Deleston.

Brown was arrested as an accomplice in this murder and the way he explains it, he watched the entire thing happen from behind a fence because according to him the three men had tried to commit a robbery that night, and were "unsuccessful" when they stole a women's purse but it didn't have any money. Next they drove to Famous Joes and were waiting for employees to leave, assuming they'd be carrying cash, when Lion drove in and altered their plans.

Brown said they wanted to see what Lion had on him,and Brown admits he's seen on surveillance footage first walking past the SUV in the parking lot in an attempt to see who/ how many people were in the SUV.

He said Deleston first walked up to Lion's SUV and demanded he get out, Lion set off the car alarm.

As the alarm sounded, Brown claims he told Deleston to break the window. Allegedly Deleston thought Brown's orders were to shoot Lion, which Brown says Deleston then shot six times. According to Brown, the three men then ran into a house in the Ardmore neighborhood and they told Deleston to wash his hands with bleach to get the gunpowder off and they burned the clothes he was wearing.

Defendant Pennington said Brown's testimony is only to ensure a plea deal. Pennington said the other two defendants will do the same thing when they take the stand Wednesday.

 

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