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Days after duo found dead in a burned SUV in Socastee, four now face murder charges

Police give update on bodies found in burned car

Police are on the scene where firefighters found two bodies in a burned car in Socastee Friday morning, July 27, 2018. Horry County police Capt. John Harrelson said firefighters responded to a report of a burning car Friday morning.
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Police are on the scene where firefighters found two bodies in a burned car in Socastee Friday morning, July 27, 2018. Horry County police Capt. John Harrelson said firefighters responded to a report of a burning car Friday morning.

Four men now face murder and drug charges related to the burned bodies found by Horry County police on Friday.

Horry County police charged Michael W. Faile, 37, with two counts of murder. David L. Cook, 44, faces two counts of murder, one count of arson and one count of possession of heroin. William D. Tatum, 37, faces two counts of murder, one count of arson, one count trafficking heroin and one count possession of scheduled drug. Zachary Stell, 31, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson.

There may be potentially more suspects on drug charges once more warrants come in, according to the agency.

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A second press release from the Horry County coroner said both victims were male and the coroner has possible identities for both. The names will be released once there has been positive identification is made.

The coroner’s office said they have spoken with the families of both victims.

Police found the victim inside a car on Friday around 7 a.m. along near Butler Road in the Socastee area.

The area where the vehicle was found is in a construction area where no residents are, Capt. John Harrelson previously said.

Faile has a lengthy criminal history, including pleading guilty to second-offense domestic violence in 2013. He was charged in 2012 with kidnapping, which was later dropped. Cook has several charges including possession of LSD, which he pleaded guilty to in 2014. Tatum pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying a pistol in 1999.

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