Grand jury indicts two from Conway in connection with CCU shooting death

troot@thesunnews.comApril 2, 2013 

— Two Conway men charged in the Feb. 26 shooting death of a Coastal Carolina University student have each been indicted by an Horry County grand jury on the charge of murder, according to indictments released Tuesday.

Marquis Spencer McDonald, 21, and Stephon Mclain Jr., 22, each is indicted in the shooting death of 19-year-old Anthony Liddell, who was a sophomore from Bennettsville majoring in sports medicine.

Liddell died an hour after he was shot at 7:22 p.m. Feb. 26 in the parking lot of University Place apartments near the CCU campus.

McDonald surrendered to police on March 1, while Mclain was charged March 6 after he was arrested by officers in Mansfield, Ohio, on an unrelated charge there. McDonald is being held at the Florence County Detention Center while Mclain waived extradition and was returned to Horry County and is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

The men have not appeared before a circuit court judge for a bail hearing.

Neither McDonald nor Mclain were ever enrolled as students at CCU, school officials said.

According to Mclain’s arrest warrant, McDonald arranged to meet Liddell at a predetermined location, although what specifically the meeting was about is not mentioned.

McDonald and/or Mclain then fired a 40-caliber handgun, striking Liddell three times, the warrant states. Liddell was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center about an hour after the shooting.

The warrant says the suspects were together immediately before and after the shooting.

“McDonald admits to being present during the shooting and states that ‘Black’ did the shooting,” the warrant states.

Witness interviews and cellphone data collected indicate Mclain is known as “Black,” according to the warrant.

Police have not released a motive in Liddell’s death.

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