Suspect to Claim Stand Your Ground in Student's Killing

Lexington, SC (WLTX) - The suspect in the killing of a Dutch Fork High School student intends to use the "stand your ground" law as his defense.

Kierin Marcellus Dennis, 18, appeared in court Thursday. His lawyer, Todd Rutherford, notified the judge of his client's plan to use that defense, but has not filed the formal paperwork.

Dennis is accused of stabbing to death 17-year-old Da'Von Capers outside the Cookout Restaurant on West Main Street in Lexington on February 17th. Capers had been a football player on Dutch Fork's team. Previous Coverage:Suspect Arrested in Killing of Dutch Fork Student

South Carolina's stand your ground laws say a defendant has the right to defend him or herself if they feel threatened. They also have to be engaged in legal activity.

Investigators have said they believe there was a fight prior to the stabbing that stemmed from the Lexington-Dutch Fork boy's basketball game that took place earlier in the evening.

A judge is considering a bond request for Dennis, and a ruling could come as early as Friday.


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