MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An early morning shooting that turned deadly in March 2012 has landed one man in jail for the rest of his life.
Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, said officers responded to a report of a shooting at the 3rd Avenue Sports Bar located at 1102 3rd Ave. S. around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
According to Cpl. John Fulwood, two men were found shot in the parking lot, one in the stomach, the other in the elbow. Prior to the shooting, an altercation took place inside the club and the patrons were asked to leave, Knipes said. Once outside, another physical altercation took place, which then turned into a shooting.
The man shot in the stomach, identified as 35-year-old Jamell McFadden of Kingstree, died at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center hours later.
The investigation into his death led police to arrest Armando K. Chestnut, aka Barnyard, after connecting the bullets fired at the two victims and spent shell casings in the area to Chestnut's gun.
Chestnut was charged with murder and attempted murder. On July 19, 2013, a jury in Horry County found Chestnut guilty of voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder, pointing and presenting a firearm and assault and battery. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Michael Spivey and Annaliese Testa were also charged a result of this investigation. Spivey faces a charge of assault by a mob in the second degree. Testa is charged with accessory after the fact of murder. According to public records, the criminal cases against them are still pending.
Corey Myers was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder. His case is also still pending.