The Crime Report

December 09, 2022

**Judge Sentences Teen In 2020 Fatal Shooting of Summerville Student**

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to nearly three decades in prison for the 2020 shooting that killed a 16-year-old Summerville High School student.

Davieon’ta Tisdale, 18, was originally charged as a juvenile by the Dorchester Sheriff’s Office because he was 15 years old at the time of the January 2020 murder, the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced. In February of 2022, the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office was given permission to charge Tisdale as an adult.

The charges stem from a shooting that happened in January 2020 at the Gates Apartments in Summerville where multiple shots were fired.

Investigators say two groups of teens met for a gun sale which resulted in a shootout, officials say.

The incident led to a second shooting, that killed a bystander, 16-year-old Jaquarie Nasir Perry, in the Flowertown neighborhood across Boone Hill Road from Summerville High School. Perry was shot in the back while walking home from track practice.

Tisdale was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Senior Litigation Counsel David Osborne prosecuted this case. Assistant Solicitor Taylor Owens Wise prosecuted the juvenile waiver hearing. The DCSO investigated this case with assistance from SPD and NCPD.

**Georgetown Man Tried to Hide Drugs in Mouth During Traffic Stop**

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCSC) - A pair of Georgetown men are facing charges after one of them placed a bag of drugs in his mouth during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Hoyt Jeffery Scott High, 55, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, the Georgetown Police Department said.

David Callie Birt Jr., 51, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and hindering and obstructing law enforcement. Maj. Nelson Brown said Brit was attempting to destroy evidence.

Brown said officers stopped a Saturn SUV around 2:17 p.m. Tuesday on Fraser Street. The two occupants of the vehicle appeared to be fighting, he said.

As officers approached the vehicle, High appeared to put something in his mouth that was later discovered to be a plastic bag containing suspected heroin, methamphetamine and crack cocaine, Brown said.

High and Birt were being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

**Racist Sentenced to Life in Prison for Buffalo Mass Killing of African Americans**

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent


A white man who traveled to a Buffalo grocery store in May and killed 10 African Americans, including Black Press writer Katherine Massey, pled guilty to 25 criminal counts on Monday and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A grand jury previously indicted Payton Gendron, 19, on domestic terrorism, first-degree murder, attempted murder, hate crimes, and weapons possession.

A single domestic terrorism motivated by hate charge carries an automatic life sentence upon conviction.

Prosecutors said Gendron acknowledged that he committed the heinous crimes “for the future of the white race.”

A lawyer for the victims indicated relief that the state’s case didn’t go to trial.

“It avoids a lengthy trial that they believe would be very difficult for the families,” said Terrence Connors, an attorney representing the victims’ families.

“I think it was pretty clear they had no real defense.”

The self-described white supremacist, Gendron, previously pled not guilty to federal hate crime charges. Federal law allows for the death penalty in those cases.

He still faces 27 federal counts, including ten counts of hate crimes resulting in deaths, three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, and 13 counts of using, carrying, or discharging a firearm related to a hate crime.

Prosecutors said Gendron possessed a 180-page manifesto that revealed troubling perceptions the self-avowed white supremacist had.

He complained of the dwindling size of the white population and included his fears of ethnic and cultural replacement of white people.

Gendron described himself as a fascist, a white supremacist, and an anti-Semite.

His live-streamed shooting spree has left at least ten dead and several more wounded.

Unlike the many unarmed Black people killed during encounters with law enforcement, the white racist is alive to plead not guilty in court.

“While past violent white supremacist attacks seem to have factored into this heinous act, we must acknowledge that extremist rhetoric espoused by some media and political leaders on the right promoting theories that vilify or dehumanize segments of our society like ‘the great replacement theory’ is a factor too,” wrote U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson in an earlier statement.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell added that the organization condemns the white supremacist terrorist attack targeting Black men and women in Buffalo and the racist rhetoric that has sparked such violence.

“The constant repetition of white supremacist conspiracy theories on social media and even mainstream media outlets has led to horrific violence in places as distant as Christchurch, El Paso, Oslo, and Charleston,” Mitchell asserted earlier.

“Those who promote racism, white supremacy, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bigotry must be held accountable for the violence they inspire.”

Mitchell added that CAIR has often spoken against those who promote the “great replacement” and other racist conspiracy theories.

Brown said the teen surveilled the area for several days and targeted a busy place in an area predominantly populated by Black people.

Gendron’s manifesto noted, “Zip code 14208 in Buffalo has the highest Black percentage that is close enough to where I live.”

According to the U.S. Census, the zip code is 78 percent Black and among the top 2 percent of zip codes nationwide with the highest percentage of the Black population. In addition, it has the highest rate of the Black population of any zip code in upstate New York.

“Well, this manifesto tells everything to us. And that is what’s so bone-chilling about it is that there is the ability for people to write and subscribe to such philosophies filled with hate,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said after the shootings.

“The white supremacist acts of terrorism that are being fermented on social media and to know that what this one individual did has been shared with the rest of the world as well as the live-streaming of this military-style execution that occurred in the streets of my hometown.”

Massey, one of Gendron’s victims, spent her life trying to clean up and help her community. While she retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Massey, 72, remained active in her community as the Cherry Street block club president and as a columnist for the Buffalo Challenger, an NNPA member newspaper.

“She was the greatest person you will ever meet in your life,” her nephew, Demetrius Massey, told reporters.