Crime

July 31, 2014

Longs man indicted on murder charge

An Horry County grand jury indicted a Longs man in connection with a fatal shooting in March, according to court records.

An Horry County grand jury indicted a Longs man in connection with a fatal shooting in March, according to court records.

Robert Maurice Moody, 27, is indicted on a murder charge and remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, with bail set at $175,000.

Moody is accused of shooting to death 22-year-old Jamey Dashaun Lewis, who also is from Longs. Lewis died after he was shot about 7 p.m. March 3 along Star Bluff Road, Horry County Police Lt. Robert Kegler said. Court records said Lewis died from massive hemorrhaging caused by multiple gunshot wounds.

Also charged with murder and indicted in Lewis’ death is 44-year-old Tyrone Ford, also of Longs, police said. Ford was taken into custody a day after the shooting. It took officers nearly two days to learn Ford’s real identity after his arrest because he had used several aliases, Kegler said. Ford remains jailed without bail on the murder charge.

Horry County police were called about 7 p.m. March 3 to the 1900 block of Star Bluff Road for a report of gunshots in the area, according to a police report. While searching the area, a person living in the area told officers he heard shots being fired in the 2000 block of Star Bluff Road.

While police were investigating the gunshots, they learned a man had been dropped off at Sea Coast Medical Center and the victim told police he was shot at a bar on Bombing Range Road, a report said. Officers said they found shell casings near the home where the initial shooting was reported.

According to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Moody was ordered to serve four years in prison after being convicted in May 2009 of trafficking cocaine between 10 to 28 grams. Moody also was convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon and ordered to serve five years on probation in April 2013.

Ford was first arrested in December 1998 by North Myrtle Beach police and charged with simple assault and battery and fined $286, the SLED records check showed. Horry County police charged Ford in May 1999 with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and simple possession of marijuana and he was ordered to serve six years in prison, but that sentence was suspended upon his service of three years probation.

In February 2005, Ford was charged by Horry County and North Myrtle Beach police with receiving stolen goods, but records did not show where those charges had been resolved. In January 2008, North Myrtle Beach police also charged Ford with possession of crack cocaine and open container, in which Ford was ordered to serve a day in jail and pay court costs.

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