This Sunday marks a year since 29-year-old Amanda Fisher was discovered shot to death in a North Myrtle Beach K&W Cafeteria parking lot, and the men who stand accused of her murder will likely go to trial before the year is out.
In the span of time since the Brunswick County, N.C. woman’s murder, the two men charged in connection to her shooting death have been extradited from Charlotte, N.C., where they were arrested, to Horry County, and could possibly face a jury on in November.
During the late morning of July 9, 2016, witnesses outside K&W Cafeteria at 1621 U.S. 17 N. said they heard shots ring out then saw a man pull a body from a white vehicle before speeding away in the vehicle with another person, authorities said.
North Myrtle Beach police began investigating and later revealed they were searching for two men both deemed as a “person of interest” and believed to have spent time with Fisher the night before and morning of her death. The images released by authorities were found on Fisher’s cellphone.
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Police identified the men as Nicolas McIver and Terrell Freeman, both of Charlotte. “Freeman was picked up for having violated parole on another matter,” said Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach city spokesman last year, and also stated that his travel from North Carolina to South Carolina was a violation of that parole agreement. “McIver was picked up for having burned the victim’s car and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.”
McIver, 21, and Freeman, 30, are each charged with murder and weapons charges in connection with Fisher’s death.
J. Reuben Long Detention Center records show McIver was booked into the jail in September while Freeman was booked into the jail in March, according to the JRLDC website.
Both have been indicted on the charges they face in connection with Fisher’s death.
Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said a trial for McIver and Freeman is scheduled for November, but that date is subject to change. Richardson also said the men could be tried together, but nothing has been decided yet.
Fisher had recently come to the Myrtle Beach area before her death after testifying in the Charlotte, N.C. murder trial of her former boyfriend who faced charges related to the death of Johnny Peay, who was shot and killed in Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 2012.
She was not considered to be in any danger then when she reluctantly took the stand and testified against Deonte Montez Lanier at his trial after being romantically involved with him.
That trial ended in a hung jury in April, and about 10 weeks later, Fisher was shot and killed in North Myrtle Beach.
Solicitor Richardson said prosecutors believe there wasn’t a connection between Lanier’s murder trial and Fisher’s shooting death.
“We had looked into that … as compelling as that angle looked, it appears that it’s probably a different reason … from what we had seen early on, it doesn’t look like it was connected,” said Richardson, who also said the case appears to be more of a domestic incident.
Both McIver and Freeman remain incarcerated, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center records.