Teenagers Jacob Mouzon, 17, and Drake Campbell, 18, were both facing serious charges: those of murder, attempted murder, burglary and armed robbery. And, naturally, the pair got their day in court, where a judge would decide whether the two should be granted bond. But when the time came for Mouzon and Campbell to face the gravity of the situation, they reacted in a way perhaps not expected of alleged criminals: they broke down sobbing.
And the South Carolina teens were just two of a five-man group with suspected links to a home invasion and murder in the community of Huger. Kenneth Campbell Jr., the older brother of Drake Campbell, was also arrested in conjunction with the crimes. In October 2015 Campbell Jr. had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges related to a separate incident.
And as the two young men were due to appear in front of the judge, Jacob Mouzon’s family had come to the courthouse to plead for clemency. Mouzon’s sister said in his defense, “Jacob’s my best friend. I know what he did was wrong, I completely understand that, but he’s not a bad person.” Additionally, she hoped that the judge would approve bond.