From the Horry County Solicitor's Office:
Before the Honorable Larry B. Hyman, Jr. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Defendant Maurice Wallace Ward was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the 2010 burglary of Freewill Baptist Church located in the Conway section of Horry County.
The incident occurred on the night of August 14, 2010, when Ward entered Freewill Baptist Church without consent and with the intent to steal personal items from the building. During the investigation, the officers discovered DNA left behind on a broken window believed to be Ward's forced-entry location on the night of the incident. After a long investigation, the DNA testing results returned as a match to Ward's. These results were later verified through further analysis, thus, placing Ward at the scene of the crime on the night the burglary occurred.