Hilton Head men, accused of 8-year-old's murder, await bond hearing

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Hilton Head men, accused of 8-year-old's murder, await bond hearing

By PATRICK DONOHUE
pdonohue@beaufortgazette.com
Published Friday, September 7, 2012   |  620 Words  |  

Authorities remained tight-lipped Friday about a shoot-out last week on Hilton Head Island that killed 8-year-old Khalil Singleton, and about the evidence that led them to charge two men with murder Thursday in connection with the boy's death.

Two Hilton Head men -- Tyrone Robinson, 37, of Allen Road and Aaron Scott Young Jr., 19, of Wild Horse Road -- were awaiting a bond hearing Friday at the Beaufort County Detention Center after they were charged with murder a day earlier, according to the jail log.

In addition, Young Jr. and his father, Aaron Scott Young Sr., 36, of Wild Horse Road, who also is in custody, were charged with conspiring to murder Robinson in the Saturday gunfight on Allen Road.

Investigators believe the gun battle was part of an ongoing, drug-related feud and that Khalil was killed in the crossfire. However, they have refused to say more about the investigation.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner, citing the ongoing investigation, declined Friday to discuss ballistic, forensic or other evidence that led to the murder charges.

"The only thing we are releasing right now is the appropriate charges that have been filed against (Robinson and Young Jr.)," Tanner said. "I'm not going to rule out the possibility of other charges being filed in this case, but information like that would likely be released at the conclusion of our investigation."

The Youngs and Robinson have been in custody since last Saturday.

Young Jr. was initially charged with discharging a firearm into a vehicle, for allegedly shooting at Robinson's car.

And Robinson was initially charged with presenting a handgun in an earlier struggle with Young Jr.

A fourth man arrested Saturday, 35-year-old Jontu Singleton of Hilton Head, has been cleared in Khalil's death. However, he still faces unrelated burglary charges.

It is unclear when Young Jr. and Robinson will appear in court for a bond hearing.

State law requires that their bonds be set by a Circuit Court judge because the crime carries a possible penalty of life in prison, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said.

Stone said he is working to schedule a bond hearing "as soon as I can get them before a judge," but no date has been set.

Stone declined to say what bond amount, if any, he would recommend.

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