- Bond hearings were postponed Wednesday for two Conway men accused of committing more violent offenses while out on bond for the 2013 murder and kidnapping of Aynor teen, Zach Malinowski.
Javon Dion Gibbs, 22, and Christopher Anfony Brown, 23, were arrested on Dec. 5, 2014, in connection with the disappearance of Malinowski, who was last seen in August 2013. They were released on bond for the charges in June 2015 and were arrested again for two other separate shooting incidents in the months that followed.
Jason Anders, a prosecuting attorney with the State Attorney General Office, said the bond matters on their latest charges will be considered after the trial in the Malinowski case now set for the week of Sept. 4.
Gibbs has been in jail since his arrest Nov. 30 when he was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possessing a weapon during a violent crime, murder and kidnapping in the Sept. 27 shooting death of 22-year-old Laquan Johnson of Loris.
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His bond from the Malinowski case was revoked after that arrest, keeping him in jail until the trial. But bond has yet to be decided on Gibbs’ latest charges in the Johnson case.
Brown was set to have a bond reduction hearing Wednesday for charges stemming from a 2015 shooting at a Burger King drive-thru, but with the Malinowski trial nearly two months away that hearing was also continued.
The last anyone heard from Malinowski was in a telephone call at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 25, 2013, according to an Horry County police report. A week later, police found Malinowski’s burned 1996 Chevrolet Beretta along Valley Forge Road, near where Malinowski had been staying with his grandfather in Aynor.
Brown and Gibbs were both released on bond for their charges the following summer.
After his release, Brown was arrested on a new case less than six months later when police say he shot a 25-year-old man in the leg following an argument in the drive-thru of a Conway Burger King. Brown was charged with attempted murder, possessing a weapon unlawfully and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute it. He has remained in jail under more than $220,000 in bonds.
Gibbs was arrested last year, two months after Johnson was killed in his Conway home.
Police say Gibbs had a “trafficking amount” of cocaine - several bags weighing about 40 grams - in his possession when he was arrested in the Johnson shooting case.
Horry County police were called to the shooting at a home on Kimberly Drive around 5 a.m. on Sept. 27. A 20-year-old woman at the house told officers she had heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot.
She called out for Johnson after hearing the loud sound and then an unknown male with a bandana covering his face, came into her room with a silver gun, according to the report.
The suspect fled and the woman rushed to Johnson, keeping pressure on his wound until help arrived, police said. But Johnson died later that day at the hospital, according to the coroner’s office.
Officers added kidnapping to Gibbs’ charges saying he had confined the woman to the home after unlawfully entering armed with a gun, according to an arrest warrant.