One of the men accused of killing a 24-year-old in a Withers Alley bathroom rejected a plea deal and will now face trial late this year.
Terrence Blackwell told an Horry County judge on Tuesday that he wanted to reject both plea offers made by the solicitor’s office.
One plea deal would have seen Blackwell plead guilty to murder and spend 35 years in prison. The other offer would have reduced the charge to voluntary manslaughter, which is punishable by up to 30 years prison. But, Blackwell would have to testify against his co-defendant Earl Gaddis.
By rejecting the plea deals, Blackwell had his trial set for December.
Myrtle Beach police arrested Blackwell and Gaddis in connection to a June 2018 shooting at the bathroom near the SkyWheel. The shooting happened on the eve of Carolina Country Music Festival. The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified Sylvester Bellamy as the victim.
While Gaddis was out on bond for the shooting, investigators say he committed another murder in North Carolina. Gaddis was not present for Tuesday’s hearing in Horry County.