Police arrested a Myrtle Beach man early Tuesday and charged him with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a North Carolina man during a drug deal on Saturday, according to authorities.
Furman Coy Knight, 20, of Myrtle Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.
Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes confirmed that Knight has been charged in the slaying of Stephen Skinner, 34, of Asheville, N.C.
Knight is being held pending a bond hearing before a circuit court judge, according to jail records.
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Myrtle Beach police were called at 2:35 a.m. Saturday to 1211 Cherokee St., for a shooting, authorities said. Officers found Skinner on the ground, dead from a gunshot wound.
In an arrest affidavit, police learned that Knight had “made contact with the victim for the purpose of purchasing narcotics” but the men fought and officers said Knight shot Skinner in the upper torso.
Police learned about the drug deal by looking at cellphone records, according to the affidavit.
Knight previously was ordered to serve 30 days in jail or pay $100 fine in March after he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery, according to court records.
That charge stemmed from Knight being arrested on Oct. 9, 2013, by Myrtle Beach police on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child, according to authorities.
In that police report, officers were called about 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013, to 620 29th Ave. N., for a child, whose age was not listed in the report, that had a bruised lip and black eye, police said.
The juvenile told the officer that Knight had harmed her the day before while at 309 Maple St., according to the report. Police began investigating the incident and officials with the state Department of Social Services were at the scene as well.