Suspects in Loris armed robbery, murder denied bond

Bond was denied Wednesday for two North Carolina men charged with gunning down a Loris store owner during an armed robbery Monday, which led to a four-hour manhunt before both men were captured.

Jim Tracy Miller, 26, of Tabor City, N.C., and Jonathan Stefan Vanderhorst, 21, of Whiteville, N.C., appeared about 9 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Aaron Butler at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. The judge said that because of the nature of the charges, he was denying their bond on all charges except murder because bond for that charge must be set by a circuit court judge in an Horry County general sessions court.

Both men were arrested Monday and charged Tuesday with murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, J. Reuben Long Detention Center records show.

Vanderhorst is also charged with unlawful to carry a pistol, according to jail records. Both men remain jailed.

They face charges from a deadly armed robbery that Horry County police responded to about 10 a.m. Monday after alerted by an alarm at the Loris Market & Beverages store. Officers found the store’s owner, Edy Boudagh, dead from a gunshot wound. Boudagh was 45 years old and a father of six. His family did not attend Wednesday’s bond hearing.

“Based on the totality of all the evidence that we have, your honor, we would ask that you deny bond on these other charges, especially since the murder warrant has to be seen up in general sessions court by a general sessions judge,” said Assistant Solicitor Josh Holsford with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office after reading the charges for each suspect.

Vanderhorst asked the judge about speaking with an attorney, but remained silent other than that request. Miller said “no sir” when asked by the judge if there was anything he wanted to say to the court.

The judge said he would appoint public defenders for both men, who are set to have initial hearings at 1 p.m. July 8.

Police arrested the pair after a four-hour manhunt Monday. Officials released images of the suspects from a surveillance camera inside the store, which led to tips to the police department. Horry County officers, detectives, a bloodhound tracking team and agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Fugitive Task Force combed the area until the suspects were found.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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