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Update: One wanted suspect arrested in connection with Socastee stabbing, arson

Suspects appear in front of judge in Socastee murder case

A magistrate denied bond to four suspects accused of murder for Socastee area killing. The victims were found stabbed in a burned car. Horry County police have yet to identify the victims.
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A magistrate denied bond to four suspects accused of murder for Socastee area killing. The victims were found stabbed in a burned car. Horry County police have yet to identify the victims.

Horry County Police announced Jeret Cox was arrested and charged with being an accessory to murder, though one more suspect remains at large.

Cox was charged in connection to the stabbings and murders of two victims who were left in a burning car in the Socastee area in late July.

Shannon Ray Little is still wanted for accessory after the fact of murder. Miranda Nicole Owens was previously arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Police previously charged four men for their alleged roles in the murder. Michael W. Faile, 37, faces 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, was charged with two counts of murder, one count of arson, one count trafficking heroin and one count possession of scheduled drug. Zachary Stell, 31, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson.

Officials described the murder as drug-related. The Horry County Coroner’s office confirmed Shawn Anderson, 35, and Matthew Autry, 29, as the victims.

According to arrest warrants, the four men conspired to kill the two victims by shooting and stabbing them. Their car was then set on fire using gasoline. Police found the vehicle around 7 a.m. on July 27 along a dirt road off Butler Road near Enterprise Road in the Socastee area. The car was near the Socastee Recreation Park.

Faile’s arrest warrant says Tatum told investigators that Faile hired Cook and Stell to find one pound of stolen heroin or fentanyl. Stell and Cook shot the victims, then stabbed them, the warrants state. Stell set fire to the vehicle. Cook served as lookout and helped clean up, according to the police reports.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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