Second man facing murder charges following shooting death of 11-year-old Ja’Naiya Scott


Desmond Bruton (Source: Anderson City jail)

ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Anderson Police Department officers have charged another person in connection to the shooting death of 11-year-old Ja’Naiya Scott last month.

Police told 7 News Thursday Desmond Bruton, 21, has been charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Bruton is the second person who has been charged in this case. Stephen Braden Powell, 17, was arrested last July and charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder.

Bruton was taken from the Spartanburg County Detention Center Thursday morning, where he was being held on unrelated charges, to the Anderson City Jail.

During a hearing Thursday evening, Bruton was denied bond.

“My condolences out to the family, or whatever, but I really don’t have anything to do with this case,” Bruton said. “I heard about what happened and I’m just as confused as everyone else.”

7 News previously reported the shooting happened June 23, 2019 at about 1:30 p.m. at a home on West End Avenue in Anderson. Scott, her 18-year-old sister and 11-year-old cousin were inside of the home when someone started shooting from the outside.

All three victims were shot and taken to area hospitals. Scott died following the shooting.

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