Soldier suspected in Myrtle Beach murder released from army custody

Solicitor details murder case

A prosecutor tells of prostitution gone wrong leading to murder at an Ocean Boulevard hotel
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A prosecutor tells of prostitution gone wrong leading to murder at an Ocean Boulevard hotel

Horry County is keeping on an eye on Chandler Dunmeyer as he is free on bond and prosecutors will ask for the bond to be revoked if they find any violations.

Dunmeyer is free on $50,000 bond on a murder charge for allegedly killing Collee Muirhead at the Beachcomber Inn and Suites at 1405 S. Ocean Blvd. in late January. Dunmeyer was a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne at the time of the killing.

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In April, a judge granted Dunmeyer bond. A condition was that he was to be released into military custody at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was stationed.

But Joe Buccino, spokesman for the 82nd Airborne, said there was no agreement to take custody and that on June 22 Dunmeyer was “administratively separated” from the Army.

Seth Oskin, an assistant solicitor with the 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, said there was a recent bond modification that allowed Dunmeyer to live in Dorchester County. Dunmeyer’s attorney said at the bond hearing that Dunmeyer has relatives who live in the area.

Oskin added they have been in contact with authorities in Dorchester County and will file for a bond revocation if Dunmeyer violates bond terms.

Oksin previously said Dunmeyer and Muirhead were involved in prostitution and he killed her following a disagreement. Muirhead was shot in the head from a distance of about 18 inches, the prosecutor said. Officers said Dunmeyer confessed to the killing, but his attorney said there are mitigating factors to the crime.

A Dorchester County neighbor, who declined to provide their name, said they see Dunmeyer just aimlessly around their neighborhood. People will offer him help or a place to stay. It wasn’t until someone saw his picture that they realized he is a murder suspect.

“We were all shocked,” an unidentified resident said when they learned the Dunmeyer’s charge. The neighbor said they are concerned for their safety given the murder accusation.

Chandler Ari Dunmeyer, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. His first court hearing was held Jan. 24 shortly after 4 p.m.