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Man accused of beating a 62-year-old man to death makes first court appearance

Man accused of manslaughter in Horry County, SC bond court

A man accused of beating a 62-year-old to death in the Loris, SC area makes his first court appearance for a bond hearing. Horry County police say the victim pulled a gun before the suspect attacked.
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A man accused of beating a 62-year-old to death in the Loris, SC area makes his first court appearance for a bond hearing. Horry County police say the victim pulled a gun before the suspect attacked.

A man who is accused of beating a 62-year-old to death in the Loris area will have the chance to leave jail if he posts bond.

William Schultz, 34, was in Horry County court on Wednesday for his initial appearance. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Steven Davis. Schultz faces up to 30 years in prison.

Judge Aaron Butler set a $30,000 bond and required electronic monitoring.

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

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 a hospital in Loris, and then he was transferred to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he died on Tuesday.

Davis’ wife and Schultz mom, Ruth Boyd, spoke during Wednesday’s hearing. She said Schultz lived with them after he was released from prison.

“The kid’s doing so good, for so long,” Boyd said as Schultz started to cry looking at his mom behind a large glass wall.

Davis recently had pneumonia, which changed his way of thinking, and he believed in a conspiracy against him, Boyd said. On Monday night Davis threatened Schultz and pointed a gun at his head, Boyd said. A scuffle ensued, and she tried to pull Schultz off her husband.

“I was yanking my son back saying, ‘stop, stop,’” Boyd said.

Boyd said she picked up the gun, went inside to call 911 and “the rest is all on tape,” she told the judge.

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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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