Accused killer finishes sentence, returns to Horry County

Willie Arthur (Source: HCPD)
Willie Arthur (Source: HCPD)
Robert Evans in SCDOC (Source: HCPD)
Robert Evans in SCDOC (Source: HCPD)
Victim's home six years after fatal shooting (Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
Victim's home six years after fatal shooting (Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
Sheldon Watts was found dead found apparent gunshot wounds (Source: Watts' family)
Sheldon Watts was found dead found apparent gunshot wounds (Source: Watts' family)
Robert Evans at J. Reuben Long Detention Center (Source: J. Reuben)
Robert Evans at J. Reuben Long Detention Center (Source: J. Reuben)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) After closing a homicide case that left investigators perplexed for more than five years, a second suspect has come back to Horry County to face murder charges.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said on May 10, 2005, officers responded to the 3000 block of Little Bethel Road in the Green Sea area in reference to a shooting.

Officers then found 66-year-old Sheldon Watts dead from gunshot wounds.

All leads initially investigated went cold after one year, according to Kegler.

Six years later, in the Fall of 2011, detectives received an anonymous tip as to the identities of those possibly involved in the shooting. The case was reopened and warrants were issued for the arrest of Willie L. Arthur, 46, and Robert Evans, 24.

Arthur was served with the warrant back in December when he was incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on unrelated charges. He has been charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Evans was incarcerated at the South Carolina Department of Corrections at the time. Kegler said Evans would be served with the warrant upon the completion of his sentence and be charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Wednesday evening, Evans was transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to online booking records. He has been charged with murder at this time.

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