Here is the criminal legal process from arrest to final court days
A man with no criminal history before being charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting in Loris last month will remain in jail.
William Henry Jones II, 23, made his initial appearance in Horry County court on Friday. He was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshals on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
A magistrate judge explained to Jones that only a circuit court judge can set bond on a murder charge. As a result, Jones will remain in J. Reuben Long Detention Center until he goes before a higher court.
Jones faces life in prison if convicted.
Horry County 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 Demetrick Simon.
According to a South Carolina Law Enforcement background check, Jones has not been charged with a crime before Horry County police arrested him this week.