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Murder suspect back in jail after running from deputies

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Junior Lee Kiker has extensive criminal record

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man out on bond in connection with the shooting death of a man two years ago found himself behind bars again after he led deputies on a chase earlier this month.

Junior Lee Kiker, 31, 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, is one of two people charged with the July 16, 2011, murder of David Brazzell.

Kiker was re-arrested March 7 on a charge of resisting arrest following a short foot chase through a Lancaster neighborhood, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He was also served with an outstanding family court bench warrant.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said the arrest was notable because Kiker was already out on bond on a long list of charges.

“The event itself was no big deal. He ran, we chased, we caught him and arrested him,” Shaw said. “But this guy, he was out on bond for a murder from a few years ago, and at least four or five other charges.”

The chase started after a deputy saw a man running on Old Landsford Road toward a red pick-up about 2:45 p.m. that day. As the man got in the truck, the deputy recognized him as Kiker, who was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant, the report said.

The truck drove away, though the deputy followed and pulled it over at the intersection of Fourth and Cross streets. As the truck slowed down, Kiker opened a truck door, jumped out and ran, the report said.

“Junior continued his attempt to elude pursuing deputies and crossed a couple of blocks running across several lawns,” a deputy wrote in the report.

More deputies joined the chase and, after a few minutes of running, managed to surround Kiker. One deputy forced Kiker to the ground, though he resisted arrest until two other deputies helped handcuff him, the report said.

Kiker was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries from his fall, which included bruised ribs and a swollen eye, though he was later cleared and taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Deputies searched Kiker after his arrest and found a woman’s state EBT food card in his pocket, though Kiker said the woman gave him the card to buy food for her, the report said.

After tracking down and speaking with the woman, she told deputies the card was supposed to be in her wallet.

She also said someone had broken into her home about three weeks earlier and rifled through her belongings, but she didn’t call police because she didn’t think anything was missing.

A $10,000 surety bond has been set for Kiker, though he is still jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center, according to S.C. Judicial Department records.
Brazell murder

The newest arrest comes almost two years after Kiker and Samantha Diane Humphries, 29, 708 Sumter St., were each arrested and charged with murder in connection with Brazzell’s death.

Investigators said Humphries, who was Brazzell’s ex-girlfriend, and Kiker conspired to rob Brazzell at his home at 307 Rutledge St., according to a 2011 Lancaster Police Department press release.

Police say Humphries was let inside the home and Kiker followed a few minutes later and shot Brazzell, the release said. Brazzell was taken to Springs’ emergency room, but died about three hours later.

A third man, Cameron Leroy Maier, 21, 4424 Fletcher Road, was arrested a few days later and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the crime, the release said.

In addition to murder, Kiker was also charged with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Though his bond was initially denied, a $50,000 surety bond was eventually set for the charges on May 11, 2012, and he posted bond on May 29, according to S.C. Judicial Department records.

A $50,000 surety bond was also set Aug. 26, 2011, for Humphries on the armed robbery and first-degree burglary charges, per judicial records, though she has not posted bond and there is no bond listed for the murder charge. Maier posted a $5,000 surety bond on Sept. 1, 2011, and was released from jail. Both Humphries and

Maier’s charges are still pending, per court records.
Other charges

Kiker has a long list of pending charges dating back to 2006 in the 6th Judicial Circuit, which covers Lancaster County, according to judicial records.

He was arrested in April 2006 for assault and battery with intent to kill and aggravated criminal domestic violence, though no bond is listed and it is unknown when he was released from jail.

During a July 2008 arrest, he was charged with a financial institution crime, two counts of assault on a police officer while resisting arrest and CDV, per judicial records. A total of $35,000 in surety bonds was set for the various charges, though judicial records do not list when he was released from jail.

On Oct. 21, 2009, Kiker was again arrested and charged with CDV, second offense, though a $30,000 surety bond was set and he posted bond on Oct. 27, according to the judicial records website.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416