Attorney General Alan Wilson announces gang indictments involving Columbia murder and other crimes

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 3, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today State Grand Jury criminal gang-related indictments of eight people in Richland, Lexington, and Newberry Counties on murder, attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy and other offenses.  The indictments allege that the defendants committed these crimes as members of a criminal gang.

“These indictments describe a gang that allegedly carried out acts of violence throughout the Midlands,” Attorney General Wilson said. “The State Grand Jury, the Attorney General’s Office, and state and local law enforcement will continue to work together to make our communities safer.”

The indictments were handed down by the State Grand Jury after work by the Columbia Police Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Cayce Police Department, Swansea Police Department, the Attorney General’s Office, and the South Carolina State Grand Jury.

The State Grand Jury investigation into these alleged criminal activities began following a series of shootings on April 8, 2016 at multiple locations in Lexington County and the City of Columbia.  Through the course of their separate investigations, the local law enforcement agencies involved in this case were able to determine that these shootings were all allegedly connected to each other, to two earlier burglaries involving car dealerships in Swansea, and multiple vehicle thefts in Lexington County and Newberry County.   After establishing these connections, the local law enforcement agencies jointly approached SLED and the Attorney General’s Office for assistance in what was determined to be a multi-jurisdictional gang investigation.

Alleged Blood gang members Tyree Dayquan Geiger, William Anthony Burrell, Jr., Davanta Terrance Johnson, and Nasiir Ali Shaheed Daniels have each been charged with conspiracy, two counts of second degree burglary, petit larceny, grand larceny, and multiple counts of breaking into motor vehicles in connection with the March 30, 2016 burglaries of two Swansea area car dealerships resulting in the theft of five vehicles which have all been recovered by law enforcement.  Another co-conspirator has already pled guilty to Lexington County indictments being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Geiger, Davanta Johnson, and Daniels are also charged with additional counts of conspiracy, breaking into motor vehicles in relation to the alleged additional thefts of a Chevrolet Avalanche (Lexington County) and Chevrolet Impala (Newberry County) on April 8, 2016.  These vehicles are alleged to have been used in four separate shootings on that date.

These indictments allege that the first shooting occurred when Davanta Johnson, Geiger, and Daniels participated in a drive-by shooting at a Lexington County school bus stop in an attempt to murder a rival gang member.

The indictments then allege that Geiger and Daniels committed a random drive-by shooting in Lexington County later that same day.

A separate indictment alleges that, later that evening, alleged Blood gang members Faiquan Daewoo Shyon Swindell, Jamal Taewon Johnson, Daquan Darnell Henderson, Daiquan Lamont Brooks, Tyree Dayquan Geiger, Davanta Terrance Johnson, and Nasiir Ali Shaheed Daniels conspired to drive into the City of Columbia to shoot opposing gang members.  While driving through the Hammond Village apartment complex, the defendants allegedly shot into a group of people standing outside whom the defendants believed to be opposing gang members.  The only person in the targeted group to be hit by a bullet was an alleged fellow Blood gang member who died as a result of his injuries.

Immediately following the murder in the City of Columbia, these defendants are alleged to have conspired and committed another drive-by shooting in Lexington County.

On April 30, 2018 Faiquan Daewoo Shyon Swindell, Jamal Taewon Johnson, Daquan Darnell Henderson, Tyree Dayquan Geiger, Davanta Terrance Johnson, Nasiir Ali Shaheed Daniels, and William Anthony Burrell, Jr. appeared in court for bond hearings.  William Anthony Burrell, Jr. was granted a $150,000 bond with special conditions.  However, he is currently being held in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on unrelated charges.  Bond was denied for the remaining defendants.  Daiquan Lamont Brooks is currently incarcerated in the South Carolina Department of Corrections and will have a court appearance at a later date.

The indicted charges and possible penalties are listed below.

WILLIAM ANTHONY BURRELL, JR. (A/K/A “AJ”):

  1. CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY SECOND DEGREE (VIOLENT) – 15 YEARS
  3. PETIT LARCENY – 30 DAYS OR $1,000
  4. GRAND LARCENY (OVER $10,000) – 10 YEARS OR A FINE
  5. FIVE COUNTS OF BREAKING INTO MOTOR VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR $1,000
  6. POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR A FINE

DAIQUAN LAMONT BROOKS (A/K/A “QUAN STAKKS”):

  1. TWO COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. THREE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. TWO COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000

NASIIR ALI SHAHEED DANIELS:

  1. SIX COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. FIVE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. THREE COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000
  5. TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY SECOND DEGREE (VIOLENT) – 15 YEARS
  6. PETIT LARCENY – 30 DAYS OR $1,000
  7. TWO COUNTS OF GRAND LARCENY (OVER $10,000) – 10 YEARS OR A FINE
  8. GRAND LARCENY ($2000-$10,000) – 5 YEARS OR A FINE
  9. FIVE COUNTS OF BREAKING INTO MOTOR VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR $1,000
  10. POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR A FINE
  11. POSSESSION OF A WEAPON DURING VIOLENT CRIME – 5 YEARS

TYREE DAYQUAN GEIGER:

  1. SIX COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. FIVE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. THREE COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000
  5. TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY SECOND DEGREE (VIOLENT) – 15 YEARS
  6. PETIT LARCENY – 30 DAYS OR $1,000
  7. TWO COUNTS OF GRAND LARCENY (OVER $10,000) – 10 YEARS OR A FINE
  8. GRAND LARCENY ($2000-$10,000) – 5 YEARS OR A FINE
  9. FIVE COUNTS OF BREAKING INTO MOTOR VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR $1,000
  10. POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR A FINE
  11. POSSESSION OF A WEAPON DURING VIOLENT CRIME – 5 YEARS

DAQUAN DARNELL HENDERSON (A/K/A “HUNCHO”):

  1. TWO COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. THREE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. TWO COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000

DAVANTA TERRENCE JOHNSON (A/K/A “CHEDDAR”):

  1. SIX COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. FOUR COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. THREE COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000
  5. TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY SECOND DEGREE (VIOLENT) – 15 YEARS
  6. PETIT LARCENY – 30 DAYS OR $1,000
  7. TWO COUNTS OF GRAND LARCENY (OVER $10,000) – 10 YEARS OR A FINE
  8. GRAND LARCENY ($2000-$10,000) – 5 YEARS OR A FINE
  9. FIVE COUNTS OF BREAKING INTO MOTOR VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR $1,000
  10. POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE – 5 YEARS OR A FINE
  11. POSSESSION OF A WEAPON DURING VIOLENT CRIME – 5 YEARS
  12. RESISTING ARREST WITH A DEADLY WEAPON – 2 TO 10 YEARS
  13. FAILURE TO STOP FOR A BLUE LIGHT – 3 YEARS OR $500

JAMAL TEAWON JOHNSON (A/K/A “MAL B”):

  1. TWO COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. THREE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. TWO COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000
  5. POSSESSION OF A WEAPON DURING VIOLENT CRIME – 5 YEARS

FAIQUAN DAEWOO SHYON SWINDELL (A/K/A “GUN PLAY”):

  1. TWO COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY – 5 YEARS OR $5,000
  2. MURDER – 30 YEARS TO LIFE
  3. THREE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER – 30 YEARS
  4. TWO COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM INTO A DWELLING – 10 YEARS OR $1,000
  5. POSSESSION OF A WEAPON DURING VIOLENT CRIME – 5 YEARS

 

The investigation remains ongoing.  Any citizens with information on these individuals or their associates should contact the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Columbia Police Department, the Cayce Police Department, or the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

The Attorney General stressed that all defendants are innocent until they plead or are proven guilty in court.

You can see the indictments here, here, and here.

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