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Man found guilty, sentenced in 2020 St. Helena Island murder case

22-year-old Xavier Polite of Seabrook is sentenced to 37 years in prison.

On Thursday, a jury found Polite guilty on the charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

In the early afternoon hours on November 18, 2020, deputies were called to a residence on Stonewood Road on St. Helena Island for the report of a gunshot victim. Once there, deputies found 30-year-old Steven Glover of St. Helena deceased as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Glover was shot seven times and his vehicle was struck by more than 30 bullets. Another victim, 27-year-old Corey Singleton, who was on scene at the time, was able to run away from the shooting to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

During the investigation, two persons of interest in Glover’s shooting death were identified: 21-year-old Channon Preston of St. Helena and 20-year-old Xavier Polite of Seabrook. After evaluating evidence in the case and following interviews, investigators charged Preston and Polite with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Channon Preston

In October 2022, Channon Preston was found guilty on the charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Preston was sentenced to 37 years in prison. He’s currently incarcerated at the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Staff Sergeant Todd Duncan was the lead investigator in this case. Career Criminal Prosecutor Mary Jones of the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office prosecuted the case for both Polite and Preston.