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Horry police make arrest in connection to Loris murder

Roughly 20 killings in Horry County in 2018 garnered headlines

Area police agencies had about 20 killings that caught their attention in 2018. Some of the incidents included a shooting in a public bathroom, a crime-spree that spanned two states and a shooting at a popular, oceanfront bar.
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Area police agencies had about 20 killings that caught their attention in 2018. Some of the incidents included a shooting in a public bathroom, a crime-spree that spanned two states and a shooting at a popular, oceanfront bar.

A man was charged with murder in connection in a shooting last month in the Loris area.

Horry County police announced on Thursday that William Henry Jones II faces charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Jones on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the shooting happened near Maple Street in Loris on July 16. According to police radio traffic, a man was found in the road around 11:35 p.m. He was still breathing when the first responders arrived. Soon after finding the victim, police saw a vehicle that was shot several times.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 39-year-old Demetrick Simon.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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