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Chester murder suspect, 2 others arrested after shooting at York store

Michael Livingston
mlivingston@heraldonline.com
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    William Jo'Pierre Graham
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    Santerras Stringfellow Graham
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    Brentton Stephon Timmons
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YORK A Rock Hill man linked to a Labor Day shooting near York has a police record that includes being charged with murder after a 2010 shooting at Chester Regional Medical Center, deputies say.

William Jo-Pierre Graham, 25, of Rock Hill is one of three men charged Monday with attempted murder after a shooting at the intersection of S.C. 322 and Gordon Road on Monday, deputies say.

Also charged in the shootings are Santerras Stringfellow Graham, 21, of Rock Hill, and Brent Timmons, 19, of Chester.

Authorities say Tyrece Smith of York was sitting in a vehicle at the J and K Country Store near S.C. 322 (McConnells Highway) and Gordon Road when he suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg. Smith was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

John Stewart, 43, of York was treated for an injury at the scene.

William Graham has been arrested multiple times in Chester and York counties, according to court records.

In 2009, he was charged with two counts of public disorderly conduct, one count of sale or delivery of a pistol unlawfully, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

In 2010, William Graham was allegedly involved in shootings at the old Studio 72 nightclub on Columbia Street in Chester and at the Chester Regional Medical Center, where two men were shot and killed. He was jailed and released on a $20,000 bond, but ordered to wear an ankle monitor while being confined to his parents’ house.

Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield filed a motion in December 2010 to deny bond for Graham, but Judge Brooks Goldsmith overruled the request. Graham was later released and is scheduled to appear in court in October.

In 2013, William Graham was arrested for criminal domestic violence and assault and battery, and charged with hitting his child’s mother with his fists and a car seat. Barfield again filed a motion to revoke his bond based on the 2010 charge, but the motion was again denied.

Details on what led to Monday’s shooting have not been released by the York County Sheriff’s Office.

After the shooting, deputies say, shooting suspects William Graham and Santerras Graham were driving a silver Mercedes heading toward McConnells. The suspects fled from deputies, driving at speeds up to 80 mph, according to a sheriff’s office report.

During the pursuit, a black sock filled with bullets and a chrome pistol was tossed from the suspects’ car, the report states.

The Mercedes was stopped by officers at West Chappell Road in York County.

The driver, Santerras Graham, got out of the vehicle with his hands up. William Graham exited the vehicle wearing an ankle monitor, the report states.

Timmons fled from the shooting scene on foot and was arrested after being spotted running into the woods.

In addition to the attempted murder and weapon charges that all three suspects face, William Graham was charged with a seatbelt violation; Santerras Graham was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding more than 25 mph over the speed limit, and failing to stop for police.

Both of the Grahams also were charged with littering for throwing the sock filled with bullets and the pistol.

- wsoctv.com contributed
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