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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Bond was set Tuesday for a Little River man who was charged with murder after the body of a 29-year-old woman was found decomposing in the closet of an apartment.

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According to Horry County court records, a $250,000 surety bond was set for Leon Edward Collier, 46, who is charged with murder and unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.

The bond was granted Tuesday morning. As of 3 p.m., information on the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website lists Collier as still being incarcerated.

In December, the body of Christian Hope Phipps was found by police responding to a call for a suicidal man.

Collier, identified in the police report as Phipps’ boyfriend, was found inside the apartment and taken into custody.

Arrest warrants also accused Collier of placing a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old child in "unreasonable risk of harm" due to "unsanitary home conditions and lack of food in the residence."

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