Bond set for two Ocean Blvd. shooting suspects

A judge granted bond to two men charged in connection to a Father’s Day Ocean Boulevard shooting as new details emerged about the case.

On Tuesday, 15th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Steven John granted bond to Tyron Steele and Keyshawn Steele in the amounts of $150,000 and $100,000, respectively. John noted the difference in the two being that Tyron Steele was previously convicted of fleeing an officer.

Both will be required to have GPS monitoring and will live with relatives in North Carolina.

The two brothers have been held at the J. Reuben Detention Center since January following their extradition from North Carolina.

Tyron and Keyshawn were each charged with six counts of attempted murder for their alleged roles in the incident. Raekown Graham and Derias Little also are charged in the case, and were initially scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning for hearings, but they were postponed.

Police say the four men, along with Jarvez Graham, were involved in an altercation on Father’s Day in 2017 along Ocean Boulevard. During the incident, shots were fired and six people were struck, though none were fatal. The shooting was captured on a Facebook video that went viral and shared across the world.

Attorneys for the Steele brothers said Little fired the shots.

One of Keshawn Steele’s attorneys Cory Patterson said the reason his client and others were in the Myrtle Beach area was to celebrate Keyshawn’s acceptance to Eastern Carolina University days earlier. Keyshawn Steele, 18, was an honor roll student who had a 3.5 grade point average in high school, Patterson said.

Keyshawn Steele, a diminutive man with dreadlocks that flowed down to his mid-back, leaned back in his chair as he listened to bond arguments.

Patterson asked that his client have bond set at $100,000, the same amount another judge set Graham's during a previous hearing. Jail records showed that Graham remains incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Assistant Solicitor Cara Walker asked the judge to deny bond, or at worst, set at $100,000. She also noted concerns that Keyshawn Steele is a flight risk, and he fought extradition after his arrest in North Carolina.

“These individuals elected to engage in extremely violent behavior and extremely bad choices,” she said.

Patterson noted that his client had no criminal history and planned to live with his parents in North Carolina when he posted bond.

Following the hearing, Keyshawn’s other attorney Jason Keith repeated some of his client’s background and thanked the court for setting a reasonable bond. The family was working to post the bond, Keith said.

Tyron Steel’s attorney Ralph Wilson raised questions about the case and his client's involvement. Wilson said Tyron Steele only shouted during the altercation. The attorney added he reviewed the evidence and doesn't believe there is a case for attempted murder.

“I still don’t think he did anything wrong,” Wilson said.

Tyron Steele, 20, worked in landscaping before the incident, Wilson said. Like his brother, Tryon Steele is diminutive in stature and he sat leaned back in a chair during his hearing.

Walker said Tyron Steele had previous run-ins with law enforcement, including a conviction for fleeing an officer in 2016.

Tyron and the other defendants were involved in the fight which video surveillance shows, Walker said. She added there could have been life lost in the shooting.

As part of his bond, Tyron can not live with his parents and brother. He instead will live with another relative in North Carolina.

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