Slain 17-year-old Academic Magnet High School graduate Marley Lion was charged with simple possession of marijuana following a June 4 incident at the Riverland Terrace boat landing.

A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy reportedly noticed an individual “standing near the driver side door” of Lion’s white Nissan Pathfinder. Lion was sitting in the driver seat. An unnamed individual was sitting in the passenger seat.

The officer smelled what appeared to be marijuana smoke and asked Lion about the source of the smell. The 17 year old “admitted to being in possession of marijuana as well as other drug paraphernalia.” A jar was recovered by the officer containing nearly an ounce of “green, plant-like material, which presumptively tested for marijuana.” A glass pipe, a metal grinder, a pack of rolling papers, and two lighters were also taken.

Lion was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Famous Joe’s in West Ashley, was sleeping in his car when two men approached his vehicle, according to a Charleston Police Department incident report.

When an officer arrived on the scene on Saturday, Lion was found lying on the ground. He stated that he had pulled into the parking lot at 1662 Savannah Hwy. to sleep because he was “too intoxicated to drive home.” A Crime Stoppers notice sent out this morning offering up to $1,000 for any information regarding the incident revealed that Lion was awoken when the two men reportedly triggered his car’s alarm. Marley also told police he was shot five times.

So far, no arrests have been made, but the suspects were described as two black males. According to the Crime Stoppers report sent out by the CPD, the alleged shooter approached Marley’s vehicle from the direction of Yew and Evergreen streets. The CPD are trying to determine what happened on the morning of the shooting.

If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or on the web at Texters can send anonymous tips to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “tip213.”

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