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Conway murder suspects allegedly beat victim with bat

A couple was arrested after a man was found dead at a Conway area home. (Source: Lisa Gresci) A couple was arrested after a man was found dead at a Conway area home. (Source: Lisa Gresci)
Diane Durkin (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Diane Durkin (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
James Rosenbaum (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) James Rosenbaum (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Two Conway area residents have been arrested for murder in connection with the death of another man. One of the murder suspects claimed the murder victim was raping the other suspect, according to official

According to Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis, officers responded to a fight in progress at a home off S.C. 548 in the Conway area around 9:50 p.m., Monday.

Officers reportedly found the couple inside the home sitting on a couch and the victim lying on a mattress, Denis said.

A preliminary investigation alleged the couple caused the death of the victim.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler, the victim has been identified as 56-year-old Roy Davis, who lives in the Conway area. He reportedly died of blunt force trauma. 

Diane Durkin, 49, and 52-year-old James Rosenbaum, both from Conway, were arrested and charged with murder, Denis confirmed. They are at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, and no bail has been set, according to jail records.

Officials say Rosenbaum claimed he walked into his house to find Davis raping Durkin.

According to the arrest warrant, Davis allegedly died from injuries suffered after he was struck with a baseball bat several times about the head and the body.

Those who knew the victim want to know why Davis, a man they described as so loving and helpful to everyone he knew, is gone.

“He'd give you the shirt off his back. He was a good person,” Paul Sesta said.  

Tuesday afternoon, neighbors who grew so used to seeing Davis and talking to him were in disbelief that they wouldn't be having those chats anymore.

“He was just here yesterday, talking to me. He sat up here on the porch with me, probably a good 30 minutes talking and I thought he went home. He walked down the road towards his house,” Sesta said.

Travis McCray, another neighbor and friend, said he was shocked over what happened.

"I can't believe it happened," he said. "I just seen him yesterday, so I mean … it's just unpredictable.” 

Neighbors on Ida Lane are close. They look out for each other, each other's families and each other’s homes. They said Davis was a key part of their life there and he was always willing to lend a helping hand.

“He would stop in, ask me if I needed anything, just a sweetheart,” Patricia Hinson said.

Brittany Lovell referred to Davis as, "a good man."

“He always helped my daddy, like I said," she said. "He always helped on the farm, he helped all the farmers around here. He was a good man.” 

A good man no one could believe went in such a way.

“If a quarter of the world was more like him, there would be a lot more love and a lot less hatred,” Sesta said.

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