MYRTLE BEACH — On the same day the second suspect was charged in the shooting death of a Coastal Carolina University sophomore, the first suspect was moved to a different jail, records show.
Marquis Spencer McDonald, 20, of Conway was moved to a jail in Effingham March 8, said Tom Fox, director of J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
The move was requested by the State Law Enforcement Division which is in charge of the investigation, Fox said.
McDonald and co-defendant Stephon Mclain are accused in the slaying of 19-year-old sophomore Anthony Darnell Liddell, who was shot to death at University Place near the CCU campus. Neither Mclain nor McDonald ever were enrolled as students at CCU, said university spokeswoman Martha Hunn.
McDonald, who is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, is now at the Florence County Detention Center. Fox said he will be transported back to Horry County when his bail hearing is held before a circuit court judge.
15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said that bail hearing likely will be in April.
Fox said separating co-defendants is a routine procedure.
“Normally when you have co-defendants in a high profile case they’ll separate them,” he said.
Mclain, 22, of Conway, remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He is charged with murder.
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