Crime

Five people indicted in Murrells Inlet fatal shooting

Five people, including two men facing murder charges, were indicted by an Horry County grand jury in connection with the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man in March 2011, according to court records.

Saire Jerrel Castro, 23, of Myrtle Beach, and Kareem Shamel Harry, 28, of Murrells Inlet, were each indicted on murder charges in connection with the death of Kevin Bowens, 35, who was shot to death inside his Murrells Inlet home, according to indictments released Wednesday.

Harry also was indicted on charges of criminal domestic violence and trafficking cocaine more than 10 grams, but less than 28 grams in unrelated incidents.

Bowens was pronounced dead at 10:37 p.m. March 1, 2011, at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, from multiple gunshot wounds, Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said at the time of his death.

Horry County police were called about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to 9601 Drayton Court in the Kings Grant subdivision of Murrells Inlet for a shooting. Officers found Bowens inside the home with gunshot wounds, police said.

Also indicted in connection with Bowens death were Amanda Lee Byrne, 32, of Myrtle Beach; Ashley Janine Bledsoe, 19, of Surfside Beach; and Sage Lee McPhail, 20, of Loris, each on charges of accessory after the fact of murder, according to the indictments.

According to a records check through the State Law Enforcement Division, the group have previous criminal records.

Those include: Bledsoe for shoplifting in 2009; Byrne for possession of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, financial transaction card theft in 2008 and possession of a controlled substance in 2009; McPhail for possession of marijuana, possession of beer or wine by a minor and open container in 2008; Castro for first offense of possession of a controlled substance in 2008, possession of marijuana in 2009 and pending charges from February of trafficking cocaine, possession of ecstasy, possession of crack cocaine and unlawful neglect of a child.

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