HHI child murder trial: Jury deliberates, defendant takes stand

Aaron Young, Sr., took the stand on Wednesday, to testify in his own defense.

The jury in the trial of Aaron Young, Sr., accused of killing 8-year-old Khalil Singleton in Hilton Head on September 1, 2012, is still deliberating over the verdict.

Khalil Singleton was playing in his grandmother’s yard, when a stray bullet hit and killed him, according to investigators. Three men, Tyrone Robinson, Aaron Young, Jr., and Aaron Young, Sr., were involved in a gun battle throughout two different neighborhoods including Singleton’s family’s, at the time when Singleton was shot.

On his third day in the Beaufort courtroom, Young, Sr., testified in his own defense. Young, Sr., admitted to driving his son, Young, Jr., as Young, Jr., fired at Robinson. Young, Sr., told jurors, “I’m not a bad person, I just made a bad decision,” on the stand.

Young, Sr., says Robinson had been over to his house before the shooting happened, and threatened him and his son. Young, Sr., then went after Robinson.

“I was wrong for chasing him,” Young, Sr., said on the stand.

He also addressed Singleton’s family, telling them, “I could never imagine what y’all went through, you know. Y’all lost a son, but I put myself in the situation, because I almost lost my son, if y’all could understand what I’m saying.”

Young, Jr., was found guilty of murder in February 2015. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Robinson was found guilty of murder in September 2014. His gun was the gun believed to have shot Singleton. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The jury began deliberating around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Stay with NEWS 3 for updates.

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