Two adults arrested in connection to a Jan. 16 murder in Ashley County were formally charged last week with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Seventeen-year-old Brian Pollock was charged earlier in the month with capital murder but not the two adults.

Daylon Manning, 22, and Brandan Fields, 21, were arrested with Pollock after the body of Josh Couser was found on Ashley 16 with multiple gun shot wounds at approximately 8 a.m. Jan. 16. 

The investigator’s report filed at that time stated that investigating officers found .223 shell casings and broken glass at the scene. 

Manning, Fields, and Pollock were all arrested the following day. 

All three went for a hearing in front of Judge Bynum Gibson on Jan. 21, and he declared there was probable cause to hold all three for capital murder. 

Tenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen said at that time that though they were being held, he couldn’t say what they would be charged with until the investigation was complete and he received the file.

The criminal information sheets filed in the Ashley County Circuit Clerk’s office on March 12 charge Manning and Fields with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery is a Class A felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than six years and not more than 30 years and by a fine not exceeding $15,000. 

Tampering with evidence is a Class D felony.

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