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Man ordered to give DNA sample in connection with 2005 murders in Horry County

A Tabor City, N.C., man charged in connection with the 2005 slayings of a Nixonville couple was ordered to give a DNA sample by an Horry County judge.

Bruce Antwain Hill is charged with two counts of murder and one count of first-degree burglary in connection with the deaths of Diane and Charles Parker Sr., who were found dead in their S.C. 90 home on April 12, 2005.

Richard Gagnon was convicted in 2008 of the same charges in the Parkers' deaths and is serving a life sentence in prison. Humphries said Hill's charges in connection to the Parkers' deaths shouldn't affect Gagnon's conviction.

In 2009, former Horry County deputy solicitor Fran Humphries said Hill's arrest "is entirely consistent with the state's theory of the case with Gagnon and consistent with the jury's verdict of guilt."

Hill's DNA sample was taken when he was jailed in Tennessee and matched the DNA collected from the 2005 homicide in Nixonville and DNA from a 2006 home invasion in Longs, police said.

Horry County Circuit Court Judge Steven John ordered Hill on Thursday to submit a new DNA sample.

Hill was serving a seven-year prison term at the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City, Tenn., after pleading guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, charges stemming from a Nov. 15, 2006, incident.

He was extradited to Horry County on Oct. 21, 2010, and is being held without bond at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway.