Robbery attempt that ended with Marine's death headed to grand jury

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comDecember 18, 2013 

More charges could be filed in an alleged robbery attempt last month in Beaufort that left a Marine dead.

The case will be presented to a grand jury in January, a spokesman for the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office said Wednesday.

The Solicitor's Office continues to review the Nov. 23 robbery attempt of Karl Brather Lyttle, 21, of Beaufort, the spokesman, Daniel Brownstein, said.

Pfc. Jerrit Timberson, 20, and Pfc. Kelsey Dent, 18, both of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort attempted to rob Lyttle with fake pistols during a marijuana deal, according to reports from the Beaufort Police Department. Lyttle pulled a real gun and shot Timberson, who was pronounced dead at Beaufort Memorial Hospital soon after.

Lyttle faces marijuana charges but was not charged in the shooting. Dent was charged with armed robbery and criminal conspiracy in the robbery attempt.

Brownstein said more charges could result when the case reaches the Beaufort County grand jury next month. Brownstein said he could not be more specific about what those charges might be or who might be charged.

Three others were also charged with criminal conspiracy for helping plan the robbery, according to Beaufort police. One of them is Timberson's wife, Champagne White-Timberson, 19. The others are Pfc. Brandi Toniqua Hardy, 20, and Pfc. Sierra Danielle Powers, 19, who are stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

So far, no disciplinary action has been taken against Hardy and Powers by the Marine Corps, said Parris Island public affairs officer 1st Lt. Jean Durham.

Air station public affairs officer Capt. Jordan Cochran did not know if Dent has faced disciplinary action yet.

Follow reporter Matt McNab at twitter.com/IPBG_Matt.

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