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Suspect indicted, fatal MB shooting proceeds to trial

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Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair
Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair
Vivian Lynn Falls, 51, of Myrtle Beach has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Vivian Lynn Falls, 51, of Myrtle Beach has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) The Myrtle Beach woman charged with the fatal shooting of her ex-boyfriend in March will soon be back in court facing murder charges.

Vivian Lynn Falls, 51, of Myrtle Beach was charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting on Bay Forge Road off of Burcale Road around 9 a.m. on March 31 after being identified as the suspect by multiple witnesses.

Horry County Public Index records show a grand jury indicted Falls on July 26. Her next trail date was not posted.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesperson for Horry County Police, said officers responded to the scene to the male victim, later identified as Tony Marvin Hughes and Falls' former boyfriend, laying face down in the driveway.

A police report obtained by WMBF News details the accounts leading up to the shooting. The victim's current girlfriend told police that the suspect, Falls, came to the home where the shooting occurred looking for Hughes.

Although Hughes was home, the girlfriend told Falls the man was not there and shut the door. Hughes decided he would talk to Falls to make sure she was ok instead of staying in the house.

The girlfriend states in the police report that within minutes of Hughes walking outside to talk to the suspect, she heard two gun shots. She went to the window of the house and told police she watched as Falls stood over Hughes' body and fired another shot.

A neighbor also states that he heard multiple gunshots while laying in bed and immediately ran to the window to see what was happening. The neighbor told police he witnessed Falls standing over Hughes' body and before walking back to her vehicle said, "I'm not going to jail."

Falls was sitting in her vehicle when police arrived on scene. A black 38 caliber semi-automatic handgun was sitting in the driver's seat with the slide open and the clip still in the firearm when officers took Falls into custody.

Kegler said the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler tells WMBF News that the autopsy performed on Tony Marvin Hughes determined that multiple gunshot wounds caused fatal injuries to his vital organs.

A WMBF News crew on scene saw officials towing a black Hyundai Sonata as evidence.

Dr. Jon Holt, a neighbor who lives three doors down from where the crime happened, said this kind of thing is not normal.

"I've lived here for three years and we've never had anything like this that I know of. I really don't see, other than the neighbors just walking around the yards, you know playing with their dogs, things like that. Walking their dogs, never had any, never heard any gunshots or anything like that," Holt said.

No bail has been set for Falls, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center booking records.

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