Judge allows former HCSO deputy charged in drowning deaths of mental health patients to travel outside of SC for work

Judge allows former HCSO deputy charged in drowning deaths of mental health patients to travel outside of SC for work

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A judge granted a motion to amend the bond for one of the former Horry County Sheriff’s Office corrections officers charged in the drowning deaths of two mental health patients.

The bond reconsideration was granted for Stephen Flood to allow him to travel outside of the state for work purposes. Judge Thomas Russo stressed the out-of-state travel would be for work only, not pleasure.

Flood’s attorney indicated the job is doing deliveries for an area beachwear company and it would be part-time.

Both Flood’s and Joshua Bishop’s charges stem from the September 2018 incident, where the transport van they were operating got swept away in flood waters in Marion County following Hurricane Florence. It resulted in the deaths of Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton.

After Tuesday’s hearing, Donnela Green-Johnson said the family was “shocked” at the bond reconsideration for Flood being granted.

“These two men, who blatantly showed disregard for the welfare of two innocent women in their care, are continually shown mercies and preferential treatments,” Green-Johnson said on behalf of Green’s family. “There was no mercy for my sister. They violated Nikki’s civil rights, but they are still treated like they are above the law. We are frustrated, hurt, and just bewildered. How is this impartial justice. I don’t see it.”

Flood faces two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Bishop is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A trial date has not been set.

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