An Horry County grand jury indicted two Conway men on murder and kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of Zachary Malinowski, according to court records.
Christopher Anfony Brown, 21, and Javon Dion Gibbs, 20, were each indicted on the charges in the August 2013 incident involving the 19-year-old man, according to indictments released Tuesday.
Brown and Gibbs remain jailed pending bond hearings after their arrests on Dec. 5, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
In the arrest warrants filed against Brown and Gibbs, a witness “provided intimate details of the crime by one of the defendants” about how Malinowski was forced from a home on S.C. 905 in August 2013 and killed in the western part of Horry County. Police also said in the warrant that Malinowski’s body was discarded in that area.
His remains have not been found.
The 19-year-old was last seen on Aug. 25, 2013, and last heard from via telephone at 12:15 a.m. the next day, according to an Horry County police report. A week later police found Malinowski’s burned 1996 Chevrolet Beretta along Valley Forge Road, which is near where Malinowski had recently moved into his grandfather’s home.
Also in the warrants, police said the information from the witness was “corroborated with evidence found at the victim's residence and the victim's property and car which were located burned on Valley Forge Rd in the Aynor section of Horry County.”
According to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Gibbs has been on probation since December 2012 on a strong armed robbery conviction after he was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to five years in prison, which was suspended to three years probation.
Conway police charged Gibbs with armed robbery in January 2013 in connection with a Sept. 22, 2012 crime, according to SLED records.
Brown has pending drug charges from March 31 and May 28, according to SLED records. Brown also was charged with carrying a weapon onto school property on July 31, 2013.