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Man faces manslaughter charge in connection to death of a 63-year-old near Loris

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There is a difference between the evidence needed to make an arrest and the evidence needed for prosecutors to get a conviction. Jimmy Richardson, Horry County solicitor, explains the difference between the two.
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There is a difference between the evidence needed to make an arrest and the evidence needed for prosecutors to get a conviction. Jimmy Richardson, Horry County solicitor, explains the difference between the two.

A 34-year-old is accused of beating a 62-year-old man to death on Monday night and now faces decades in prison.

Horry County police charged William Schultz, 34, with voluntary homicide, which can be punished by two to 30 years in prison if convicted. Schultz is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond.

Officers responded to Quartermaster Drive in the Loris area around 10 p.m. for the reported assault, according to agency spokeswoman Mikayla Moskov. When police arrived, they found the victim unconscious and beaten.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the victim as Steven Davis.

Police say Davis and Schultz got into an argument and Davis pulled a gun. The 62-year-old pointed the gun at Schultz, according to warrants. Schultz lunged at the victim and knocked the gun out of his hand.

Schultz then beat Davis in the face and body for “an extensive period” until he was unconscious, the warrants state.

EMS crews took Davis to Loris hospital and then he was transferred to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Davis died on Tuesday morning from blunt force trauma, according to Willard.

According to Virginia court records, Schultz has faced numerous charges in the last 15 years including obstructing justice and assault and battery.

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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