Conway man returned to Horry County to face murder charge, has previous arrests

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 3, 2014 

San MeGales Huffman

A 27-year-old Conway man, who was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting earlier this year, has a criminal history that began in 2005 and includes seven subsequent charges before his arrest on Saturday, according to a records check.

Hampton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested San MeGales Huffman, 27, of Conway Saturday and charged him with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to Conway police.

Later that day, Huffman was returned to Horry County and was being held Monday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to jail records.

Huffman is charged in the Jan. 6 shooting of 23-year-old Joey Pyatt, who died at Conway Medical Center while being treated for a gunshot wound, said Lt. Selena Small of the Conway Police Department.

Police were called about 1 p.m. that day for gunshots being fired in the area of Pitman Street and Woodward Drive, Lt. Selena Small said. Officers found Pyatt had been shot and EMS took him to the hospital.

On Monday, Small said the case remains open and officers continue to pursue leads, so it is unclear if any more arrests will be made until the investigation is complete.

“We are still asking for anyone with any information to call us,” Small said. “At this time we don’t have a motive to release and as you know sometimes you never know the true motive.”

Also arrested in connection with Pyatt’s death was 21-year-old Barry Dewitt Bethea, 21, of Conway, who also faces charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, police said. Bethea also remains jailed at the detention center.

Bethea had previously been charged on July 2 with unlawful carrying of a weapon and trespassing by Horry County police and eight days later he was charged in a June 22 armed robbery along Rose Moss Road.

A records check on Monday with the State Law Enforcement Division showed that Huffman was first arrested in April 2005 by Conway police on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. In May 2006, troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol charged Huffman with driving under suspension and unlawful operation of unsafe equipped vehicle He was fined $58.

Horry County and Conway police charged Huffman in April 2007 with two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, two counts of first-degree lynching and one count of second-degree lynching and assault, according to SLED records. Horry County police also charged Huffman in January 2008 with three counts of failure to appear.

In April 2008, Huffman was charged by Conway police with manufacture, possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana 28 grams or less, manufacture or distribution of cocaine and resisting arrest, according to records. Huffman was sentenced to two years in prison on the charges in October 2008.

In January 2012, Huffman was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, possession of marijuana and nuisance conduct by Horry County police, according to SLED records. Huffman was found not guilty of the drug charge during a bench trial, but was convicted of the nuisance charge although the record does not show a penalty.

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