Formal charges were filed last week charging a 16 year old with a murder that happened in January. 

Thomas Deen, the prosecuting attorney for the Tenth Judicial District, filed a criminal information sheet in the Ashley County circuit clerk’s office last Wednesday charging Brian C. Pollock with the murder of Joshua Couser. 

On Jan. 16 Couser’s body was discovered on Ashley 16 and the following day two adults and Pollock, a minor, were arrested.

The information filed in the clerk’s office states that on Jan. 17 the investigators determined that a 2000 Cadillac Escalade was used in the homicide. 

The investigators then questioned the owner of the vehicle and the person who was listed on the vehicle’s registration. Following those interviews and several search warrants, Pollock along with Brandon Fields and Daylon Manning were developed as suspects, according to the records. 

The investigator’s statement says that there were four people in the vehicle the night of the murder, Pollock, Manning, Fields and the victim, Couser. 

The owner of the vehicle was not named or listed as a suspect on any of the documentation and the sheriff’s office did confirm at the time of the arrests that they did not anticipate any other arrests being made in relation to the case. 

The investigator’s statement also says that Pollock and Manning both confessed “to the shooting of Joshua Couser,” but it doesn’t clarify whether they confessed to shooting him or simply witnessing it. 

As of Friday afternoon, no other charges or documents had been filed in the case although Fields and Manning were both still in the custody of the Ashley County sheriff’s office.

Pollock’s criminal information documents state that he was charged with capital murder and tampering with evidence. 

The document says that on or about Jan. 15 or 16 Pollock, with the premeditated and deliberate purpose of causing Couser’s death, did cause his death which offense is punishable as a class Y felony. 

It also states that Pollock did tamper with or destroy necessary evidence which is a Class D felony.

Pollock went before Judge Sam Pope for a preliminary hearing on Monday, but information was not available at press time.

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