Georgetown man charged with murder for Conway woman's death

John Rashard Scott. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center
John Rashard Scott. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 19-year-old Georgetown man has been charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Eboni Drayton, from Conway, last Friday.

John Rashard Scott was arrested on Friday, August 29 and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on one count of murder, according to police records.

Police responded to the 3700 block of Comfort Court in Conway on Friday night in response to a criminal domestic violence call. The officer met with Scott's mother, who said that her son had called her and told her that he thought he killed his girlfriend, according to the police report.

"We responded to the home where we did find a female victim deceased. The male was then taken into custody at that time and our major crimes detectives were called to the scene to initiate the investigation"Lt. Robert Kegler said.

Scott got out of the car with his hands behind his back, and told the officer that his girlfriend was inside the house. The officer ran to the house's front door, kicked it in, and found a woman lying on the ground in a pool of blood with a large cut to her neck, according to the police report. There was a blood-spattered axe on the other side of the living room.

Police confirm the murder weapon was the axe found near Drayton's body.

"If you're talking knives, guns, axes... yes that was it, but hands were also used," Lt. Robert Kegler explained.

Drayton's autopsy revealed that she died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.

Additional officers arrived, and they secured the crime scene. The police read Scott his Miranda Rights, and he chose to give officers a statement about what happened, according to the police report.

Scott told police that he and Drayton had been together for about four years, and had a three-year-old daughter together, but they were not married and did not live together. He also told police they had been arguing on and off for months.

Scott said that he was supposed to pick up his daughter from Drayton on Friday night, and did so after he got a haircut. He took his daughter to the car, strapped her in, and realized he left his keys in the house. He went back to get them, and he said that's when he and Drayton started to argue.

Scott told police that Drayton told him that she didn't want to be with him anymore, or something like that, and that is when "everything changed."

According to the police report: "He said whatever she said struck a nerve in him and he lost it. He stated that she pushed him or smushed his face (pushing his face) and he doesn't know what happen [sic] after that. He states that he lost it and blacked out. He said that when he came to he heard his daughter saying Daddy from the car."

Scott then drove his daughter to McDonald's and called his mother, who met him there, the police report states. They all drove back to the house, and his mother called 911.

The police report also notes that Scott's mother said that Scott called her about an hour before she called 911, at 7:58 p.m. Police arrived on scene at about 8:15 p.m.

Scott said he thought he may have some mental issues that he never told anyone about, and said he talks to himself a lot.

Police noted that Scott had what appeared to blood spattered on his hands, face, legs, clothes and shoes.

Scott was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning and charged with murder. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remains incarcerated there, according to jail records.

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