Third man charged in Myrtle Beach homicide

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 18, 2013 

Marvin McElveen

— A third man was taken into custody by Myrtle Beach police on Sunday and charged with murder in connection with the death of a 57-year-old man earlier this month, according to authorities.

Detectives continue to investigate the case and a records check in South Carolina and Wisconsin showed all the men involved have been previously arrested and convicted on various charges that include domestic violence, drug possession, burglary and assault.

Marvin McElveen, 42, of Florence was charged with murder when he was taken into custody at the Myrtle Beach Police Department on Sunday, according to police records.

McElveen was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 2:45 p.m. Sunday on the charge and remains held there pending a bond hearing, according to jail records.

McElveen is the third person officers have charged in connection with the death of 57-year-old Helbert Woodberry.

Mitchell Monroe Weatherall, of Myrtle Beach and Milwaukee, Wis. was charged with murder, and Joey Raymond Garsow, 24, of Myrtle Beach was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony on Nov. 12. Weatherall remains held at the detention center pending a bond hearing on the murder charge and $1,092 bond on an unrelated shoplifting charge.

Garsow remains jailed on $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said detectives continue to investigate Woodberry’s death.

“I don’t expect more arrests however anything is possible as the investigation continues,” Knipes said Monday.

According to authorities, a witness told officers that there was a murder at the Atlantic View Motel at 601 Flagg Street.

Garsow told police he helped Weatherall move Woodberry to a vehicle, so Weatherall could dispose of it, according to arrest warrants.

Woodberry, who’s last address was in Hemingway, was found off Postal Way between the post office and Carolina Forest High School, police said. Woodberry’s body was found not far from the roadway and near a cellphone tower.

The cause of death has not been released by the Horry County Coroner’s Office, but the incident report said a “blunt object” was used as a weapon.

It was not clear when Woodberry was killed, but a press release said his death occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11.

Officers initially responded to the Atlantic View Motel at 601 Flagg Street for a reported homicide and officers were at the motel investigating the report from 11:16 p.m. Nov. 11 until 5:09 a.m. Nov. 12, according to the department’s website. It was not clear what investigators found at the motel.

It was unclear Monday how the men knew each other, but Weatherall and Garsow had lived near each other in Wisconsin, according to court records.

Woodberry, a registered sex offender, was convicted in December 1992 in Georgia of the crime, which was not listed on the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office website.

A SLED records check showed that Woodberry was first arrested on assault and weapons charges in 1976 in Williamsburg County. Other arrests on charges of larceny and drug possession followed in 1981 and 1984, the South Carolina records check showed.

Weatherall and Garsow each do not have prior criminal records in South Carolina. Both did have various traffic and misdemeanor offenses in Wisconsin.

But in Wisconsin, a circuit court check in Brown County showed multiple arrests for Weatherall, who was most recently charged on Nov. 14, 2012, with contempt of court. He also was charged Jan. 11 with battery, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer and domestic abuse.

In 2009, Weatherall was charged with domestic abuse and later ordered to serve two years probation and 100 hours community service, according to Wisconsin records.

Weatherall and Garsow have charges pending from Oct. 24 in Horry County, records show – Weatherall faces public disorderly conduct charge and Garsow public intoxication.

A Myrtle Beach police report showed that Garsow had been staying at a local homeless shelter because officers were called to Street Reach to pick up his wallet after his arrest.

Weatherall pleaded guilty in June 2013 on a public disorderly conduct charge from March 27 in North Myrtle Beach, according to the Horry County Public Index. He paid a fine totaling $262.50, records show.

As for McElveen, he was first arrested in 1992 on a robbery charge that was later dismissed, according to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division. He was later arrested in February 1993 on charges of assault and battery and malicious damage to property in Florence. Later, in November he was sentenced to a year in prison, but that was suspended to six years in prison under the Youthful Offender Act.

In 1996, McElveen was ordered to serve 30 days in prison on a petty larceny charge and then given a six year sentence on a second degree burglary and grand larceny conviction in Florence, according to SLED records.

In 2000, McElveen was ordered to serve 85 days in prison after a five-year prison sentence was suspended in connection with a burglary charge in Florence. In 2001, McElveen was ordered to serve five years in prison on a grand larceny charge in Florence.

McElveen was charged in 2005 in Florence with purse snatching and was ordered to serve 30 months, according to SLED records. In May 2007, he was charged with drug possession and ordered to serve 79 days in jail and a year on probation.

In April 2008, McElveen was ordered to serve three years in prison on third-degree burglary charge, according to records. In 2011, McElveen was ordered to serve three years in a receiving stolen goods charge that occurred in Myrtle Beach.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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