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Hardeeville teen arrested, charged in July murder

A 17-year-old faces murder and kidnapping charges in the shooting death of a Pineland man at a Hardeeville apartment complex July 15, according to arrest warrants.

Johnathan Alexander Lilly and two others are accused of holding Joseph Kilpatrick, 24, against his will before shooting him multiple times.

It was unclear whether the other suspects were in custody Wednesday. Hardeeville police could not be reached for comment.

Lilly and two other masked intruders entered Kilpatrick's sister's apartment at Jenny Greene apartments on Thatcher Road through a back door and shot Kilpatrick, Hardeeville police have said.

The Pineland man was baby-sitting his sister's three children, between the ages of 4 and 10. The children were uninjured, according to Hardeeville police.

Lilly remained in the Jasper County Detention Center Wednesday. Bond information was not available late Wednesday.

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