- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A James Island man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2012 shooting death of a man on Wadmalaw Island.

Kevin Lamar Howard, 28, was convicted of murder, kidnapping and burglary Wednesday in Charleston.

Prosecutors say he killed his cousin, Adrian L. Lyles Jr., 24, of Charleston, whom he had called a “snitch.”

Broderick William Seay Jr., 22, of Charleston, was arrested last week and charged with murder. Police say Seay had been with Howard when police arrested him during a traffic stop in Summerville two years ago.

Witnesses testified that Howard and another man abducted Lyles from his apartment. Lyles‘ body was found the next day on a remote road on Wadmalaw Island.

Investigators say Lyles had been shot 10 times, with three different guns.

Investigators say Howard hid at hotels for three days after Lyles was killed before he was stopped by police.

Prosecutor Jennifer Kneece Shealy said the victim’s family has struggled with losing Lyles and now his cousin, Howard, to prison time.

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