South Carolina Teen Appears to Confess to Murder on Facebook, Then Claims He Was Hacked
Stephen Braden Powell, 17, is charged with murder in the death of an 11-year-old, as well as four counts of attempted murder in a June 23 shooting.
Stephen Braden Powell, 17, is charged with murder in the death of an 11-year-old, as well as four counts of attempted murder in a June 23 shooting. Police said he fired 35 bullets into a home in Anderson together with a second shooter, who has not yet been identified.
Tragically, Ja’Naiya Scott was killed. Another 11-year-old in the home is in critical condition, police said, and and 18-year-old was also among those injured.
Investigators arrested Powell after a post appeared on his Facebook page Wednesday stating, “I killed a little girl," according to WHNS.
"The reason I am saying this now is because I feel so guilty and can’t go on like this," the post continued. "... Prayers to her family. I am so sorry."
The post was screenshot before being deleted, according to police.
Afterward, a second post appeared, claiming Powell had been hacked.
“Who ever playing on my page stop playing on my life," the post read. "I did not post that and I have nothing to do with any of that someone hacked my page."
Powell was denied bond Wednesday. He has not yet entered a plea.
At the hearing, Ja’Naiya's mother asked Powell: "I just want to know why."
The arrest came after Ja’Naiya was laid to rest on Tuesday, buried in a purple coffin. Her funeral was paid for by Buffalo Bills player Shaq Lawson.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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