Longs man charged with murder in 22-year-old man’s fatal shooting

Horry County police charged a Longs man with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old man earlier this year, said Lt. Robert Kegler.

Robert Maurice Moody, 27, of Longs is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing, according to jail records.

Moody is charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jamey Dashaun Lewis, who also is from Longs. Lewis died after he was shot about 7 p.m. March 3 along Star Bluff Road, Kegler said.

Also charged with murder in Lewis’ death is 44-year-old Tyrone Ford, also of Longs, Kegler said. Ford was taken into custody a day after the shooting. It took officers nearly two days to learn Ford’s real identity after his arrest because he had used several aliases, Kegler said.

Horry County police were called about 7 p.m. March 3 to the 1900 block of Star Bluff Road for gunshots in the area, according to a police report. While searching the area, a person living in the area told officers he heard gunshots being fired in the 2000 block of Star Bluff Road.

While police were investigating the gunshots, they learned a man had been dropped off at Sea Coast Medical Center and the victim told police he was shot at a bar on Bombing Range Road, according to the report. Officers searched the area around the home where the initial shooting was reported and found some shell casings.

Officers also learned a kidnapping had been reported to officers and the victim’s cellphone was pinging in the area of Star Bluff Road, according to the report. Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene, but the report did not list further other details.

According to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Moody was ordered to serve four years in prison after being convicted in May 2009 of trafficking cocaine between 10 to 28 grams. Moody also was convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon and ordered to serve five years on probation in April 2013.

Ford was first arrested in December 1998 by North Myrtle Beach police and charged with simple assault and battery and fined $286, the SLED records check showed. Horry County police charged Ford in May 1999 with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and simple possession of marijuana and he was ordered to serve six years in prison, but that sentence was suspended upon his service of three years probation.

In February 2005, Ford was charged by Horry County and North Myrtle Beach police with receiving stolen goods, but records did not show where those charges had been resolved. In January 2008, North Myrtle Beach police also charged Ford with possession of crack cocaine and open container, in which Ford was ordered to serve a day in jail and pay court costs.