Two men charged in 2008 Loris area shooting death plead guilty

troot@thesunnews.comApril 4, 2014 

Two men charged in the 2008 shooting death of a Loris man each pled guilty to charges in the case, according to court records.

Anthony Earl Ray, 36, of South Hill, Va., and Charles Henderson Mullins, 29, of Bristol, Tenn., pled guilty last month.

Ray pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with the sentence to run concurrently with a sentence he already is serving, according to court records. Mullins, 29, of Bristol, Tenn., pled guilty to misprision of a felony for neglect in reporting a crime and was sentenced to five years in prison, but that was suspended to 18 months on probation.

Both men, according to court records, pled guilty March 5 before Circuit Court Judge Edward Cottingham.

The guilty pleas came nearly four months after Bradley Gerald Mullins, 36, of Clintwood, Va., received two sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole on charges of murder and burglary following a trial.

According to the Horry County Public Index, charges are pending against Arlie Mullins in the case in connection with the Sept. 11, 2008 death of 68-year-old Kelly Joe Elliott, who was found dead in his Loris area home on Dew Lane. Authorities said he died from gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

At one time, Horry County police had charged all of the men with murder, burglary and robbery in Elliott’s death.

Bradley Mullins was extradited to Horry County on June 20, 2012, after he served a sentence on unrelated charges at the Red Onion State Prison in Virginia.

Charles Mullins was arrested in April 2011 by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee.

Ray was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.

Arlie Mullins was arrested in May 2011 in Monongalia County, W.Va.

Ray, Charles Mullins and Arlie Mullins each testified against Bradley Mullins during his trial, authorities said.

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