A South Carolina man is in custody after allegedly fatally taking pictures three of his relations, together with an Atlantic Seaside councilman, in keeping with the Horry County Police Division.
Matthew Allen Dewitt, 25, was arrested in connection to the murders Monday afternoon.
Police responded to a house in Horry County on the jap coast of South Carolina Sunday afternoon to research a dying they decided to be a murder. The sufferer was recognized by the Horry County Coroner’s Workplace as 52-year-old Natasha Stevens, police stated.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Division additionally responded to a house simply exterior of Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday night for a welfare verify.
“Upon arrival, deputies discovered two individuals lifeless with obvious gunshot wounds,” in keeping with police in Horry County. “The Richland County Coroner’s Workplace has recognized the victims as Gloria Dewitt and James Dewitt, II, each 52, of Columbia.”
Matthew Allen Dewitt was arrested and brought to the J. Reuben Lengthy Detention Middle the place he stays as of Tuesday. Fees towards him are nonetheless pending, in keeping with police.
James Dewitt II is listed as a councilman for the city of Atlantic Seaside on their web site.
The city of Atlantic Seaside didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Often known as the “Black Pearl,” Atlantic Seaside is a traditionally African American group situated simply north of Myrtle Seaside. African Individuals got here to the coastal city as a result of segregation legal guidelines meant they could not use the identical seashores as white individuals and within the early Nineteen Thirties opened motels, eating places and night time golf equipment, in keeping with the city’s web site.
The Horry County Police Division and Richland County Sheriff’s Division are persevering with to research the three homicides.