3 arrested in death of Mauldin High student, friends react to tragedy


Deputies have made more arrest in the murder of Mauldin High School student Joshua Meeks. 

The new developments come just one day after the first suspect, Sosa Croft, faced the victims family in bond court and claimed he wasn’t the killer. 

“Some mom is burying her son soon,” said Miranda Coley, a friend of Joshua Meeks. “Some mom is having to watch her son go to jail for the rest of his life.” 

Coley say she’s still trying to wrap her mind around the senseless death of her friend Joshua Meeks. But what’s making it harder is that one of the suspects is also a friend of hers. 

“Did you know Sosa?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“I actually did,” she said. 

18-year-old Sosa Croft is behind bars charged with murder. On Thursday, at his bond hearing he denied killng Meeks. 

“I’m just going to work with law enforcement and tell the truth so y’all can arrest the real killer,” Croft told the judge. “So y’all can get justice for Josh.” 

Investigators tell 7News, Croft’s claims did not lead to the arrest of 2 more suspects on Friday. 

Deputies arrested and charged a 16-year-old with several criminal offenses including murder. 

18-year-old Lyric Lawson was also charged with accessory after the fact of murder, for concealing and helping transport the body. 

Investigators believe Croft was involved in a drug deal with Meeks and possibly others, before Croft stole his car and shot him. 

Meeks’ body was found in Laurens County on Thursday. 

“The more you find out about this case, it’s so much more tragic.” Coley told 7News. “It goes deeper than just a drug deal gone bad.” 

Coley tells 7News she knows teenagers make mistakes, but this is one that went too far. 

“This ended with someone’s life,” she said. “Josh was 17, he was an honor student, he was on track to go to Clemson and he will never get to do that now.” 

7News is still waiting to hear back from the 13th Circuit Solicitor to find out if the 16-year-old will be prosecuted as an adult. 

Lawson has a bond hearing at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. 

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