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Pee Dee man pleads guilty to manslaughter

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Vondell Malachi (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office) Vondell Malachi (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office)
Police are in negotiations with the man, attempting to bring a peaceful end to the 14 hour standoff. Police are in negotiations with the man, attempting to bring a peaceful end to the 14 hour standoff.
The scene after the suspect was taken into custody (Source: WMBF News Reporter Kyle Grainger) The scene after the suspect was taken into custody (Source: WMBF News Reporter Kyle Grainger)

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Pee Dee man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Marlboro County Assistant Solicitor Mary Johnson-Lee tells WMBF News that Vondell Malachi appeared before Judge Edward Cottingham at 2 p.m. Monday, and pleaded guilty to four charges.

Malachi's plea stems from an April 2011 incident. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, unlawful neglect of a child and failure to stop for blue lights.

Malachi also pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill in connection to a drive-by shooting in 2007. During that alleged crime, Malachi was the passenger in the car where a gunman missed his target and struck a 66-year-old woman laying in bed watching television.

Malachi was sentenced to 25 years for the manslaughter charge, 10 years for assault and battery with intent to kill, two years for failure to stop and two years for unlawful neglect of a child.

Those sentences will run concurrently, Johnson-Lee adds.

Evidence presented shows Malachi's girlfriend, Takeyia Easterling, was dead on arrival at the hospital in April 2011. He allegedly went inside the hospital, got someone to come out and get her from the car and then drove off, leaving a baby behind in the parking lot.

A 16 hour standoff ensued when authorities went to question Malachi about her death.

WMBF News was on the scene in Bennettsville throughout the night and into the morning where Vondell Malachi was reportedly holding himself up in his vehicle with a firearm.

Authorities tell WMBF News Malachi led officers on a high speed chase prior to the standoff.

SLED was heading the investigation, and a number of deputies from neighboring counties were called in to assist in the ongoing incident. Several units from Chesterfield County arrived on the scene early in the morning to provide relief to those officers who first responded to the incident the afternoon before.

After 16 hours, Malachi surrendered to authorities without incident and was then taken away by an ambulance to be checked out.

Units with the Bennettsville Police Department, the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene along Union Street, and had some 80 officers in total at the scene.

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