Final two suspects wanted in connection with fatal shooting in Little River in police custody

akelley@thesunnews.com, troot@thesunnews.comJune 19, 2013 

Police arrested three suspects in a Little River area shooting that left a woman dead and a man critically injured Wednesday, after a manhunt that continued into the night and ended early Thursday.

Brandon James Littell, 18, and Michael Devonte Bellamy, 19, both of Little River are charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder, according to jail records. The two are being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Sgt. Robert Kegler of Horry County police said Bellamy was arrested late Wednesday. He said Littell and a 15-year-old boy were taken into custody about 6 a.m. Thursday at a house in North Myrtle Beach.

The juvenile is being held at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

The arrests came after police responded about 4 p.m. Wednesday to Old Crane Road off Sandridge Road, where a woman was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Kegler said Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the woman as Kelsie Monin, 21, and said the autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon. The cause of death was not released.

Monin’s body was found outside on a dirt road.

Shortly after police found her, a second call came from a man who had suffered a gunshot wound and was at the Kangaroo store on S.C. 90 at Sea Mountain Highway, Kegler said.

He said the man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Kegler could not say how many times the man was shot or where he was wounded.

Police continue to investigate. No motive for the shooting was given.

Court records show that Littell and Bellamy have prior criminal records.

Littell was convicted of attempted armed robbery in December and sentenced to three years in prison. That sentence was suspended to 18 months probation, according to State Law Enforcement Division records. A grand larceny charge against him, stemming from an April 30 incident, remains pending.

Bellamy was convicted of third-degree burglary in July 2012 and was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to a term not to exceed five years. He was placed in the shock incarceration program, according to Horry County public records.

Records also show that in January 2012 Bellamy was charged with petty larceny, but the charge was dismissed and he was not indicted. Bellamy was charged with second-degree assault and battery also in January 2012 and armed robbery in the same year. Both of those charges were disposed without being prosecuted, records show.

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