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Murder suspect granted bond after turning self in for University Village shooting in September

Dequan Wilson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Dequan Wilson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The murder suspect wanted after a 19-year-old man was found dead outside Chanticleer Village Drive in Horry County on the morning of Monday September 14 turned himself in to the Horry County Police Department on Thursday, September 18. He was granted bond at a hearing on Tuesday, December 15.

Dequan Rashad Wilson, age 20, of Myrtle Beach is charged with murder, according to the MBPD Facebook page.

At a bond hearing at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Horry County Detention Center, a magistrate court judge said this case would have to go before a circuit court; at this time the date is not set for that bond hearing appearance. At a bond hearing in circuit court on December 15, he was given a $45,000 surety bond, under the condition that he will live with his parents in Hemingway, and have a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. curfew.

An autopsy has revealed the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to arrest warrants.

Emergency crews were called out to University Village at the Coast at around 3:40 a.m., according to Sgt. Thomas DelPercio.

The Horry County Major Crimes Unit, along with an Horry County coroner, CCU police, county fire fighters and police were all on the scene investigating after the body was found by a stairway at the apartment complex. 

Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden identified the victim as 19-year-old Kristen Jetel Rekeem Williams from Conway. Director of Media Relations Doug Bell confirmed Williams is not a student at Coastal Carolina University.

Williams was facing three attempted murder charges stemming from a shooting at a Conway bar in October 2014, according to officials and police reports. The reports state that Williams fired shots at three people, injuring one, after a fight broke out at the Bucksport Sports Bar. He was arrested in October 2014 and released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in August 2015.

WMBF News also reported that when he was 17, Williams was charged with attempted murder after another shooting at a Conway bar in 2013, but those charged were later dismissed.

On Monday, Sgt. DelPercio confirmed that Williams's death is being investigated as a homicide. Officers executed a search warrant into an apartment unit in the complex.

"To actually hear that this could have been a homicide. It just gives it a whole new level of fear, it puts something in you," resident Heather Thomas said.

Reports stated that the victim's brother said Williams was laying on the ground outside of the building and it appears he was assaulted; his brother said he was breathing, but not responding to him. Another caller said the victim was pushed off the balcony, his head was cracked and he wasn't breathing. Officers discovered blood on the back of the victim's head, and he was deceased. Police later stated that they did not believe Williams was pushed off a balcony.

When officers arrived on scene, they observed a small crowd of six to eight people who seemed "agitated."

"It's off-campus living, that comes with a danger, you know, you don't have the comfort or the babysitting of the campus," CCU Sophomore Michael Page said.

Lt. Denis said the investigation is ongoing, and they still don't have anyone in custody at this time in relation to the case. 

"It doesn't make you feel good to know that something like that happened here. You don't feel very safe, and I definitely don't feel safe here today, at all," Heather Thomas said.

Horry County Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Tip Line at 843-915-8477.

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