Three days after three people were slain in an Abbeville apartment, Coroner Ronnie Ashley said each of them died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Elijah Ty Rez Head, 19, was arrested early Monday morning at the Ideal Motel on East Laurens Highway in Greenwood. He has been charged with three counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and simple possession of marijuana.
Before then, Abbeville police spent Sunday investigating the 3 a.m. shooting at Hickory Heights Apartments on Cambridge Street. Shirley Jean Jones, 62, and Steven Tinch, 26, died at the scene, Ashley said, while 24-year-old Johntavier Moss died at Self Regional Medical Center. A fourth person was shot and was being treated at an area hospital.
Officers spent Sunday following leads and working sources to try and track down their suspect. According to a report, Greenwood police and county deputies joined State Law Enforcement Division agents and Abbeville police at the Ideal Motel in Greenwood at about 1:30 a.m. and Head came out of room 112 to be arrested.
During the arrest, officers found what appeared to be marijuana in a plastic wrap on a desk in the room, the report said.
Come Monday morning, Head faced a bond hearing in front of Greenwood Magistrate Judge Belinda Johnson on the marijuana possession charge. He received a personal recognizance bond on that charge but remained detained pending a hearing on the other counts. During that hearing, Head cursed at reporters and demanded they leave the courtroom, but Johnson said it was her decision whether reporters were allowed to be present.
Head would later waive his right to be present for his arraignment on the other charges in Abbeville County. He is being held without bond, and his attorney will have to move for a bond hearing in front of a circuit court judge, as a magistrate cannot set bond on murder charges under state law.