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Horry County grand jury indicts man in connection with fatal 2015 traffic crash

Neal Dejean (Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office website) Neal Dejean (Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office website)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An Horry County grand jury indicted a Louisiana man on both murder and reckless homicide charges in connection with a 2015 vehicle crash that killed two North Carolina girls.

According to Horry County court records, the grand jury convened on June 30 and indicted Neil J. Dejean, 48, on two counts each of murder and reckless homicide, as well as one count each of unlawful conduct toward a child and an open container violation.

The indictments were filed with the Horry County Clerk of Court on Thursday morning.

Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said Thursday he didn’t know for sure the state would go forward on the murder charges, but that it was certainly a possibility.

Richardson said the prosecutor has the opportunity to go forward on a murder charge in a case like this if they can show the killing of another and malice aforethought.

That latter is defined as the conscious intent to cause death or great bodily harm to another individual before a person commits the crime.

He added a judge may decide if both the murder and the reckless homicide charges would ultimately proceed to a petit, or trial, jury.

According to the arrest warrant, the crash happened on July 21, 2015 on U.S. 17 Business near the Pirateland Campground in Horry County.

Dejean, who was reportedly driving a Mercedes, allegedly struck a Dodge minivan that was turning left into private property.

Two passengers in the van, 1-year-old Dakota Shepherd from Timberlake, N.C., and her cousin, 9-year-old Skyler Emore, were both pronounced dead at the scene from internal injuries.

The arrest warrant alleged that Dejean was driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner when the collision occurred.

Three open LandShark beer bottles were reportedly found in the floorboard of the Mercedes in plain view, according to the warrant.

Related story:

Driver charged with 2 counts of reckless homicide in crash that killed 2 NC girls

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