Judge denies bond for man charged with shooting Sumter teen

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 10/7/18

Bond for Byron Lyons was denied during a first appearance hearing at Sumter County Detention Center on Friday in connection with the shooting of a teen earlier this week.

At the request of Sumter County investigators, Magistrate Judge Larry …

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Judge denies bond for man charged with shooting Sumter teen

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Bond for Byron Lyons was denied during a first appearance hearing at Sumter County Detention Center on Friday in connection with the shooting of a teen earlier this week.

At the request of Sumter County investigators, Magistrate Judge Larry Blanding denied bond for Lyons, 25, who is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for allegedly shooting an 18-year-old on Monday night.

Lyons told investigators he still has the firearm used in the shooting and refused to give it to law enforcement unless he was released on bond, according to Sgt. Wayne DuBose, an investigator for Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

He said Lyons was also out on bond at the time of the shooting for drug trafficking and firearm charges, which added to the sheriff's office's request for bond to be denied.

The parents of the victim also requested that bond be denied.

Lyons will have a hearing in general sessions court at a later date.

As he was leaving the courtroom, Lyons made comments to the family regarding the shooting, but his words were not comprehensible.

While waiting outside the courtroom after the hearing, the victim's parents said they know Lyons and said their son saw the suspect during the incident Monday night.

Lyons is accused of shooting the teen at a location on River Birch Drive.

Before the shooting, residents reported a fight in the same area which ended before deputies arrived about 9 p.m.

Witnesses told investigators the 18-year-old arrived in the area after deputies left. Some time later, a vehicle pulled up, and Lyons reportedly got out and began firing shots, striking the victim, before fleeing.

Lyons reportedly returned to the area and fired more shots in the direction of the victim as bystanders attempted to render aid. No other injuries were reported.

According to an incident report, a deputy responded to Palmetto Health Tuomey on Monday night after receiving a call that the victim was in the emergency room with a gunshot wound.

The deputy reported the teen was shot in the lower abdomen, had a fracture on the left side of his pelvis and other possible internal injuries, according to a doctor. The victim had surgery for his injuries, and one bullet was removed from his body, according to the report.

The teen was reported to be in stable condition as of Tuesday.

Two individuals who brought the victim to the hospital said they were at the incident location and heard four or five gunshots but could not provide information on who fired the shots nor provide a vehicle description.

Lyons is also facing charges after a Sept. 18 arrest when deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress at a residence on Betsy Lane.

A responding deputy reportedly spoke to Lyons and a co-defendant, Juwone D. Kelley-Jay, while they were inside the residence, a report states.

Lyons reportedly attempted to flee on foot before he was apprehended.

Deputies found 51 grams of marijuana and 14 grams of crack inside a backpack Lyons was carrying, and $391 in cash was found in his pants pocket. Five counterfeit $100 bills and $228 in real currency were found in Kelley-Jay's pants pocket.

A .45-caliber Glock 21 Gen4 pistol with an extended magazine and 23 rounds were also found on the kitchen counter of the residence. The gun was later confirmed to have been stolen from Colleton County.

Lyons and Kelley-Jay - who are banned from possessing firearms - denied possession of the pistol though both suspects were seen in the vicinity of where the gun was found.

Lyons was charged with possession of stolen goods, felony possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and drug trafficking. Kelley-Jay was charged with possession of counterfeit currency, possession of stolen goods and felony possession of a firearm.