Two charged with murder in deadly Read Street shooting in North Charleston

From left to right: Marcus Adbul Spann Jr., 16, of North Charleston and Deantre Rakeem Malik Maybank, 26, of North Charleston

UPDATE: Deantre Maybank was denied bond for the murder and kidnapping charges but was allowed a $25,000 surety bond for a previous marijuana distribution charge. Maybank’s bond court hearing was held Saturday morning.

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — The North Charleston Police Department arrested two people who they say are responsible for a deadly shooting on Read Street.

Marcus Spann Jr., 16, of North Charleston during a bond hearing on Friday, March 18.
Marcus Adbul Spann Jr., 16, of North Charleston during a bond hearing on Friday, March 18.

Authorities say Marcus Adbul Spann, Jr, 16, of North Charleston and Deantre Rakeem Malik Maybank, 26, of North Charleston are both charged with murder, kidnapping and firearms charges. Spann is currently being held at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice while Maybank is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Officers responded to the deadly shooting just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 in the 5500 block of Read Street.

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Draco Istan Ali Ben Walker, known by family and friends as “Ben”.

RELATED: Victim identified in fatal shooting near Read Street apartments in North Charleston

Spann will be tried as an adult in this case, and on Friday, March 18, he appeared in Charleston County bond court.

Walker’s wife, Jessica, spoke to media after bond court and said, “Even though these children murdered him for no reason, I need everybody else to understand that Mr. Ben, he needs his justice.”

Court documents say Spann bound Walker’s arms and legs with clothing and belts, shot him once and then ransacked the apartment. Walker was able to free himself and escape, shouting for help. That’s when witnesses say Spann shot Walker multiple times out side the front door, killing him.

Jessica Walker says, “My husband did not deserve to be ambushed and tortured the way he was.”

Ben Walker’s mother spoke during the bond hearing, telling Spann he treated her son “like an animal”. Police are still investigating and searching for other possible suspects. Walker’s wife begs anyone with information to come forward.

Deantre Rakeem Malik Maybank, 26, of North Charleston
Deantre Rakeem Malik Maybank, 26, of North Charleston

She says, “I’m asking y’all for Ben, to just come forward and give the information that y’all know y’all have, so he can get justice for his murder.”

Police believe the motive for this murder was robbery, and Jessica Walker told News 2 money was stolen from her home.

Deantre Maybank faced a bond court judge on Saturday, March 19, but was denied bond for the murder and kidnapping charges. The judge did, however, issue Maybank a $25,000 surety bond for a previous marijuana distribution charge.

In the Charleston Farms neighborhood where the shooting took place, they have had six cases of vandalism involving gunfire, ten arrests for weapons offenses, and three shootings since August, according to North Charleston officials. People who live on Remount Road, which is near Read Street, say they see this violence in their own neighborhoods.

 

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