Police charge suspect for Conway murder from December 2012

Police charge suspect for Conway murder
Khalil Saleem Moore (Source: Conway Police)
Khalil Saleem Moore (Source: Conway Police)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Police have charged a Conway man who was arrested in Ohio in December with murder for the death of a 53-year-old man who was found shot in the head behind the wheel of a crashed truck in Conway in December 2012.

Khalil Saleem Moore, 36, was arrested without incident by the Columbus Police Department on November 12, 2013 for the murder of Dwayne Gaghum on December 27, 2012. Moore was extradited back to South Carolina and was officially served his warrants on February 25, 2014.

Moore is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

A Conway neighborhood was disrupted by gunfire and a truck slamming into a home with the victim inside on December 27, 2012. Gaghum was shot in the head while behind the wheel, and within minutes, dozens of people were gathered around the crime scene.

Neighbors started running to call 911, telling the operators they heard shots fired on Hemingway Street and then saw a truck ram a house on Durant Street. One witness said they could tell Gaghum wasn't moving and she was worried he was dead.

"I seen Dwayne, he was slumped over on the side of the door," Michael McCracken said at the time of the incident. "You didn't know if he was shot or not, it was horrific, there was blood everywhere."

Brad Townsend withe the Horry County Solicitor's Office has been investigating the case since the beginning and spoke about why it took several months before Moore was officially charged.

"Every defendant has a right to a hearing and a right to waive the extradition process and that takes time in the courtroom," said Townsend.

According to Moore's arrest warrants, a witness told police Moore shot Gaghum following an argument before Gaghum's vehicle lost control and hit the house on Durant Street.  Townsend said the witness was key to making the arrest.

"We had a witness come forward during some work that I was doing and said that they had witnessed Khalil Moore at that time so that's how we got involved," added Townsend.

Earlier this year, WMBF News's Paula Caruso talked to Gaghum's family and investigators after the case went cold. Click here to read and watch her full report: http://bit.ly/1g6aBDo

Conway Police continue to investigate this case, and anyone with information is asked to call them at 843-248-1790.

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