Murder suspect denied bond after man killed over card game, deputies say

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An Upstate man who Spartanburg County deputies said shot and killed someone during a card game Thursday night has been denied bond.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Evans Drive in Roebuck at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday. 

Upon arrival, deputies met Andre Lyles, 52, who had a gunshot wound to the hand. He told deputies the incident happened nearby at 170 Evans Circle. Deputies said Lyles was the 911 caller and claimed the incident was in self-defense after a dispute over a card game. Lyles was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

According to deputies, a deceased man, who the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office has identified as Jamel Martel Ross, 37, was located along with several witnesses. The coroner said Ross was pronounced dead on scene at 12:14 a.m. Friday.

Investigators said the suspect’s claim of self-defense was not credible after analyzing physical evidence at the scene and talking with witnesses. 

Lyles has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission a violent crime. Deputies arrested him at his home Friday afternoon, and he was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center. 

A judge did not set bond for Lyles Friday. 

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