COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Two men have been charged in the shooting death of a South Carolina man they met because he was selling his pickup on Craigslist, authorities said.
Jquan Margel Scott, 19, of James Island has been charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to court records. Isaac R. Williams, 20, of Charleston is charged with murder and kidnapping.
The men are accused of killing William Apps, 25, of Charleston. His body was found Monday night in Mount Pleasant.
Scott had arranged to buy Apps’ pickup for about $15,000 after seeing it advertised on Craigslist, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Authorities say Apps met the two men in downtown Charleston on Oct. 3 and drove with them to Mount Pleasant, where Apps was taken out of the truck at gunpoint. He was later forced back into the truck and driven around before one of the men shot Apps in the neck and left his body in a wooded area, according to court documents.
Authorities tracked Apps’ debit card, which Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said was used to buy food, sneakers and gas in the Bluffton area. Phone records also showed that Scott was one of the last people in contact with Apps before his disappearance.
Scott was driving Apps’ truck when he was stopped on Sunday, initially telling authorities he had bought the pickup but didn’t have the title. As collateral, Scott said, Apps had given him his debit card to hold until the deal could be finalized. He added that he dropped Apps off in Mount Pleasant.
Scott ultimately led authorities to Apps’ body on Monday night after he was arrested. Investigators said they believe Scott went to Bluffton on Friday to visit friends before returning to Charleston.
Scott and Williams were jailed Wednesday, and it wasn’t known whether they had attorneys.
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