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Police close the book on Sept. 2012 homicide

Neighbors say this is the home where the victim was shot. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson) Neighbors say this is the home where the victim was shot. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson)
Stephon McLain Jr. (Source: Horry County Police) Stephon McLain Jr. (Source: Horry County Police)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police have closed the book on a September 2012 homicide that left a 44-year-old Conway man dead and his neighborhood on edge.

The shooting occurred on Sept. 13, 2012 on the 3600 block of Highway 701.

The first police officers on the scene found 44-year-old Herbert Deas Jr. with gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Horry County coroner's Office determined Deas was from Georgetown but was living in the Conway area. An autopsy confirmed Deas died from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Over a year later on Dec. 13, 2013, police charged Stephon McLainJr. with murder for Deas' shooting death. McLain is currently jailed for a homicide on Coastal Carolina University's campus in February 2013.

Deas' shooting came as a two-fold shock to people living in that community, who said they could not believe an act so violent could happen at their own front doors, much less that their neighbor would fall victim.

"I was sittin there, I hear 'pop pop pop pop!," one witness recalled.

Another witness, identified only as 'Linda' remembered, "He said 'Call the police Miss Linda! GB been shot!'"

Those gunshots broke the silence surrounding a cluster of trailers just off Highway 701, but the silence soon gave way to sobs as neighbors discovered one of their own on the ground.

"I found out about 12 o'clock last night he was dead. It hurt me because he didn't bother nobody. He was good person," the witness admitted.

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