Bond Revoked For Man Charged With Murder And Recent Shooting
A 21-year-old man who was out on bond for a 2013 murder had his bond revoked Wednesday.
Christopher Anfony Brown, who was charged in the 2013 murder of Zachary Malinowski, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly shooting a man following an incident at a Burger King drive-thru.
Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Culbertson, who granted Brown’s initial bond in June, revoked the $50,000 bond at a hearing Wednesday afternoon. Culbertson also denied bond on Brown’s attempted murder charge.
“This new (attempted murder) charge was more in defense of himself than in attack of others,” said Brown’s attorney Barbara Pratt.
Christopher Anfony Brown is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon by person convicted of violent felony, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County police.
These things keep continue to happen and continue to happen, and when are we going to do something about it?
Melissa Jordan, Zachary Malinowski’s mother
Brown was arrested Dec. 3 after a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg through his car door on Nov. 6 following an argument that started in the drive-thru of a Conway Burger King.
Horry County police were called about 8 p.m. Nov. 6 to a home on Kin Lane in Conway in reference to the shooting, and the victim said that after an argument in the drive-thru, he followed the other party’s vehicle to the area of D Street and Rose Moss Road, police said.
The victim told police he was shot once in the leg and that the bullet went through his car door as he passed the other vehicle, which was described as a silver/green sports utility vehicle, authorities said.
The victim was treated at a local hospital and had surgery after suffering the bullet wound, police said.
Brown fired a handgun twice during the incident, and several rounds of ammunition were found in his home, along with a round of 380 caliber ammunition, which was found in his left front pocket, an arrest warrant said.
Marijuana, packaged in small plastic bags and kept in two clear mason jars, was also found during a police search, according to the warrant.
Pratt, Brown’s attorney, told the judge Brown shot the victim out of self defense. The two men argued at an area Burger King and the victim followed Brown home, and Brown shot at the victim on his own property, Pratt said.
Brown currently lives with his girlfriend and works at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, his lawyer said. Brown graduated from Aynor High School.
Brown is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
He was arrested back in December 2014 and was charged with murder. In the early hours of Aug. 26, 2013, Brown and Javon Dion Gibbs, 20, allegedly abducted 19-year-old Zachary Malinowski from his home and took him to the western part of the county where they killed him, police said.
Malinowski was last seen a day earlier in Aynor, but he was heard from via telephone at 12:15 a.m. the day of his alleged murder. Police found Malinowski’s burned 1996 Chevrolet Beretta along Valley Forge Road a week later.
Melissa Jordan, Zachary Malinowski’s mother, told Judge Culbertson on Wednesday that she wanted Brown jailed so “another child won’t get hurt.”
“These things keep continue to happen and continue to happen, and when are we going to do something about it?” she said.
Helen Cook, mother of shooting victim James Cook, told the judge Brown is a “danger to society.”
“This young man needs to be incarcerated,” she said. “Any other action would be unacceptable.”
Stephen Grooms, assistant solicitor who is prosecuting the case, told the judge the state has evidence to indicate Brown’s guilt in the Malinowski murder. Grooms said there is “direct evidence” in the case, including cellphone “pings” from Brown’s phone at the location where Malinowski went missing and where the burned-out vehicle was found.
Brown was released from jail on $20,000 bail for the kidnapping charge and $30,000 bail for the murder charge in June, though his bond was initially denied by a magistrate because a circuit court judge must set bond for a murder charge.
Claire Byun: 843-626-0382, @Claire_TSN