Third defendant convicted in 8-year-old boy's murder
BEAUFORT, SC – A jury has convicted the third and final defendant of murder and attempted murder in connection to the death of an 8-year-old Hilton Head Island boy.
Aaron Young, Sr., 39, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on August 13, 2015. He received the same sentence as his son, Aaron Young, Jr. A third man, Tyrone Robinson, was sentenced to life in prison. It was a bullet fired from Robinson’s .38-caliber revolver that ultimately killed Kahlil Singleton on Sept. 1, 2012 as he played outside of his grandmother’s home on Allen Road, located off Marshland Road.
Solicitor Duffie Stone argued that even though Young, Sr., didn't fire the fatal shot, the defendant and his son, Young, Jr., were equally responsible for the little boy’s death based on mutual combat, a 1918 law that holds each participant in a shootout responsible for each bullet fired. Both parties were armed and fired at each other at various locations and neighborhoods on Hilton Head.
“It was important to hold everyone responsible, and not just the person who shot the fatal bullet,” Stone said following Wednesday’s trial at the Beaufort County Courthouse. “Mutual combat is the concept that if you’re involved in a multiple shooter situation, if you’re joining in a shootout, then everyone is responsible. Although the law is old, it’s a concept that I think everyone in our community understands. If there is a group of people committing crimes or causing problems, then everyone is responsible.”
Judge Thomas Cooper handed down the sentence, as he did in the previous two trials involving Young, Jr., and Robinson.