Judge grants bond to Little River man accused of storing girlfriend’s dead body in closet

Leon Edward Collier III was granted a $250,000 bond at a hearing Tuesday morning in Conway at the Horry County Courthouse. Collier is charged with murder in the strangulation death of his girlfriend, 29-year-old Christian Hope Phipps. He allegedly kept her body in a Little River area apartment bedroom closet days after her murder. Her two children, ages 6 and 10, were also in the home, and he is charged with two counts of unlawful neglect as well.

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