Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies say a stolen hoodie, backpack, and a pair of shoes could help solve crime of a man who was shot to death and burned in the Harbison area.
Officers updated the investigation into 18-year-old Keon Malik Brantley's killing. His body was found in a wooded area on Columbiana Drive, near the Columbiana Mall, last Saturday.
Capt. Adam Myrick says surveillance footage shows Brantley leaving his home in the area shortly before 9 p.m. on that night. At the time, he was wearing the hoodie, shoes, a backpack, and was carrying a box with an AK-47 in it.
The rifle had been legally purchased last fall by Brantley, Myrick said.
An hour later, firefighters responded to a call of a man on fire, and found Brantley. The coroner later determined that the victim died from a gunshot wound; however, the rifle was not used to kill him.
Officers say someone also took his shoes, the hoodie, and the backpack, but left the AK-47. Officers have released pictures that are similar to the items that were stolen from his body. The shoes, Myrick said, are distinctive, and are size 8 Nike foamposits.
Anyone with information in this case should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.