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More witnesses take the stand in day 3 of Marley Lion murder trial

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Prosecutors say Deleston murdered Marley Lion when the 17-year-old allegedly interrupted a robbery. Prosecutors say Deleston murdered Marley Lion when the 17-year-old allegedly interrupted a robbery.
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In day three of the Marley Lion case another alleged accomplice takes the stand.

Bryan Rivers was the first to take the stand on Wednesday. Rivers had already pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter. On the stand, Rivers admits that he was involved in the murder of Marley Lion because he was there yet points out that he didn't kill him.

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"Nobody wants to go to jail," said Rivers. Which is why he argues he accepted a plea deal to avoid possibly getting sentenced to life in prison.

During the course of his testimony he identifies Ryan Deleston as the triggerman.

The jury heard River's account of that night.

Rivers told the jury that June 16, 2012 he and a group of men, including Ryan Deleston, set out to carry out a few robberies, which they called "Licks."

According to Rivers, before heading to a bar in West Ashley the group of men went to Charleston, where at Battery Park he robbed a couple at gun point.

Then the group of men headed to West Ashley to rob employees leaving Famous Joe's. However, some of the men split and went to Rayshawn Milligan's sisters house on Cashew Street

Rivers claims that during the course of the night the gun switched hands. Deleston having it last.

The jury also heard about River's alleged change of heart about carrying out more robberies that night. Rivers said he pushed the gun back to Deleston when asked to carry out the robbery on Lion.

Rivers explains he stayed behind a white fence and witnessed the entire incident. He says Marley Lion set off his car alarm when Deleston first approached the car. Rivers says he could hear Julius Brown telling Deleston to "get him."

"Instead of robbing him he started shooting him," said Rivers.

The defense tried to prove that the alleged accomplices' earlier testimony does not match the clothes description in the video.

The jury also heard from Rayshawn Brown Milligan, who is Julius Brown's brother. Brown has also accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Milligan, who had stayed behind, told the jury the men returned to his sister's house and were arguing. He claimed Rivers was telling Brown, "You're stupid. Why did you shoot the guy."

Brown, Rivers and Milligan all testified that Deleston returned washing his hands, changing his clothes and burning them.

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