Local Marine killed in drug deal gone wrong in South Carolina

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by JJ Bailey / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 8:10 PM

(KMOV.com) – A Metro East man and former Marine is dead after an apparent drug deal gone wrong in South Carolina.

Jerritt Timberson, a 20-year-old formerly of Fairview Heights, and two other Metro East residents were reportedly involved in a drug deal with Karl Lyttle, 21, of Beaufort, South Carolina.

According to police, Timberson’s wife, Champagne White-Timberson, and another former Marine, Kelsey Dent, planned to set up a drug deal with Lyttle and rob him during the exchange. Two others, 18-year-old Sierra Powers and 20-year-old Brandi Hardy, were also involved in the plan, according to police.

Police say the group contacted Lyttle and the parties agreed to meet on November 22 in a home on Hookstra Drive in Beaufort.

Lyttle met with Timberson and Dent in the home, and in the process of completing the deal, the two pulled out guns and attempted to rob him.

Lyttle also pulled out a weapon. Both Timberson’s and Dent’s guns were pellet guns, while Lyttle’s was an actual hand gun. He fired on both men, hitting Timberson with several shots.

Police responded to the shooting, and discovered Dent and Timberson on scene. Timberson was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

While on scene, police were approached by Lyttle, who informed them he had shot at the men after they attempted to rob him.

Police are still investigating, but have charged Dent with armed robbery and White-Thompson with criminal conspiracy. Hardy and Powers have also been charged with conspiracy.

Lyttle has been charged with sale and distribution of marijuana as well as doing so within proximity of a school.  

Charges with other individuals connected to this case are pending. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact Investigator Dowling at 843-322-7958 or the 24 hour dispatch office.

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