34-year-old Alexander Presley has been shot dead during a Facebook Marketplace transaction where he wanted to buy an ATV. The incident occurred on Saddle Ridge Road Branchville, South Carolina on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The shooter has been identified as 17-year-old Edward Stokes.
According to the wife, she, two children, and husband Alexander Presley went to meet Edward Stokes with the intention of buying an ATV advertised on Facebook Marketplace.
Presley gave $4,600 for the AVT then loaded it on the trailer attached to their SUV.
That’s when the victim’s wife told deputies she “had a feeling something bad was about to happen.”
Out of the blue, Stokes attacked Presley, grabbing him by the neck before shooting him in the back of the neck. He then pointed the gun at the wife before getting into the couple’s SUV. At this point, the children were already out of the vehicle.
Her husband, 34-year-old Alexander Presley, died at the scene.
Stokes was arrested at about 3:30 pm on Kilbourne Road. He faces murder along with two armed robber charges. Authorities have said he will be tried as an adult.
Stokes was with a child who also faces charges but his name has been withheld since he is a juvenile.