CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – On Wednesday, the Conway Police Department served warrants on Brandon Michael Council for the murders of two CresCom Bank employees and the armed robbery that occurred on August 21. A federal grand jury also returned a multiple-count indictment for Council.
The warrants from the Conway Police Department were served to Council at the Florence County Detention Center, according to a news release from Conway Police. They are as follows: two counts of murder for the deaths of Donna Major and Kathryn Skeen, one count of armed robbery, one count of entering a bank with intent to steal, one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, one count of unlawful possession of a pistol by certain person, and one count of grand larceny.
Also on Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned a multiple-count indictment for the suspect in August's deadly bank robbery in Conway.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Beth Drake, 32-year-old Brandon Council, of Wilson, North Carolina, was charged in the indictment with armed bank robbery resulting in death; use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence resulting in death of a person in such a manner to constitute murder; and felon in possession of a firearm.
Council could receive life without the possibility of parole or death for counts one and two, the release stated.
The suspect is accused of robbing the CresCom Bank in Conway on Aug. 21. Shortly after going inside, he allegedly drew a revolver and fatally shot bank teller Donna Major multiple times, the release stated.
Council then allegedly ran into a nearby office and shot and killed bank manager Kathryn Skeen as she hid under her desk, according to the release.
The suspect eventually left the bank with more than $15,000.
In an affidavit written by a special agent with the FBI, Council confessed to the robbery and told agents that "he was desperate, he needed money and that he knew that he was going to hurt somebody that day."
Council will be arraigned on the indictment by a U.S. magistrate judge at the federal courthouse in Florence in the coming weeks, the release stated.