Bond denied again for Horry County suspect charged with murder, burning bodies

Bond denied again for Horry County suspect charged with murder, burning bodies
Zachary Stell appears in court Tuesday for a bond hearing.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Bond was denied again Tuesday for one of the suspects accused of murdering two men last summer and then setting their bodies on fire in a vehicle that was found in the Socastee area.

Zachary Stell is charged with two counts of murder, first-degree arson, driving under suspension, giving false information to law enforcement, using a license plate on a vehicle other than the vehicle for which the plate was issued, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating an uninsured vehicle, and improper taillights, according to online records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Bond for Stell was denied six months ago and that didn’t change during Tuesday’s appearance.

“I do not find there to be a change in circumstances and respectfully deny bond,” Judge Steven John said.

Stell is one of four men accused of killing Matthew Autry and Shawn Anderson. The victims’ bodies were found burned inside a vehicle discovered on July 27, 2018 off Butler Road in the Socastee area.

Arrests warrants showed the murders were the result of an attempt to recover heroin and fentanyl from the victims, as well as disposing of the bodies by burning them and the vehicle.

The other three suspects charged with murder in the case are David Cook, William Tatum and Michael Faile.

Shannon Ray Little and Jeret Cox were arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to felony murder.

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