Man accused in Aynor murder case is now behind bars in Horry County

Man accused in Aynor murder case is now behind bars in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A man accused of a heinous murder in Aynor has been booked into the J Reuben Long Detention Center almost two years after the crime.

Mitchell Cheatham, now 20-years old, is back in Horry County, where he allegedly helped kill and burn 68-year old Charles Smith on April 29, 2014. Arrests warrants from May of that same year say Cheatham, with malice and aforethought, caused the death of Smith by pouring gasoline on him and setting him and the residence on fire.

J Reuben Long Detention Center's website says Cheatham was booked into jail Saturday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. No bail has been set on any of his charges at this point. He faces murder, first degree arson, and first degree burglary for his alleged actions in the 2014 case.

Cheatham had been behind bars in North Carolina for unrelated charges stemming from an armed robbery case. Prior reports say Cheatham had been awaiting extradition to Horry County.

Another man accused in the Aynor murder case is also now in Horry County.

Tommy Lee Benton was booked into J Reuben Long Detention center on November 18, 2015. According to the jail website, he's still incarcerated at this time. No bail has been set on his charges of third degree arson, first degree burglary, and first degree arson.

No update could be found on a third suspect, Douglas Thomas, connected to Smith's murder. The latest reports note that Thomas was arrested in Columbus County, NC, in June 2014. At that time he was awaiting extradition to Horry County to be charged with murder and arson in the first degree.

Sgt. Sherry Smith with the Horry County Sheriff's Office confirmed Cheatham was extradited to Horry County Saturday, January 9.

To view previous coverage on the murder and arson case, tap here.

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