Crime

Deadly Conway bank robbery case set for speedy trial

Jury selection for Brandon Michael Council’s trial on murder and robbery charges is set to begin Jan. 11 at the federal court in Florence.
Jury selection for Brandon Michael Council’s trial on murder and robbery charges is set to begin Jan. 11 at the federal court in Florence. eweaver@thesunnews.com

The alleged shooter in a deadly Conway bank heist could go to trial in January — less than five months after two women were killed in the robbery, according to a new scheduling order set by the federal court in Florence.

When asked why the case seems to be moving fast in the courts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Crick said, “The government cannot comment on ongoing investigations.”

Thirty-two-year-old Brandon Michael Council, of Wilson, North Carolina, was indicted in September on federal charges of armed robbery resulting in death, using a firearm in a violent crime that resulted in murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Council is accused of shooting and killing Kathryn “Katie” Davis Skeen and Donna Major while robbing the 16th Avenue CresCom Bank in Conway on Aug. 21.

Skeen and Major were working at the bank during the robbery.

Two of Council’s federal charges carry the possible weight of capital punishment, but prosecutors have not announced whether or not they will seek it.

Motions in the case are due Monday with a pretrial conference set for Jan. 8, according to the order. Pleas will be taken on Jan. 9 and jury selection for the trial is scheduled to begin on the morning of Jan. 11, the order states.

In Horry County, Council also faces two counts of murder for the deaths of Major and Skeen and one count each of armed robbery, entering a bank with intent to steal, possessing a weapon during a violent crime, unlawfully possessing a pistol and grand larceny.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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