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Bond denied for suspect charged in kidnapping, murder of Horry Co. woman

Updated: Apr. 1, 2021 at 10:33 AM EDT
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MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Bond has been denied for the man charged in connection with the death of an Horry County woman.

Dominique Brand, 29, of Marion is charged with kidnapping and murder in connection to 80-year-old Mary Ann Elvington’s death.

Appearing before Judge Danny Barker II on Thursday morning in Marion County, Brand said he planned to hire an attorney.

Elvington was reported missing on Sunday after she was last seen near Highway 76 in Nichols.

During the search, her vehicle was found unoccupied along Bobby L. Davis Boulevard in Marion County. Her remains were later found behind a grocery store in the Zion community of the county.

Elvington’s children were in the courtroom Thursday morning and gave emotional testimony when talking about their mother.

“My mom was the epitome of the perfect lady,” daughter Margol Elvington said, noting her mother was a school teacher and a Vacation Bible School instructor.

Son Hugh Elvington took the time to thank everyone who has reached out to the family over the last several days.

“I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to carry on. I just have to give it to the good lord,” he said to the judge.

During the hearing, Barker referenced the defendant’s criminal history, with Brand telling the judge he was released from prison a few years ago.

According to a background check from the State Law Enforcement Division, Brand has a criminal history dating back to December 2008, when he was arrested on charges of petty larceny and second-degree burglary.

Eventually, he was convicted on two counts of petty larceny and sentenced to 15 days in prison, suspended upon paying a $250 fine and $100 in restitution.

In 2012, Brand was convicted on several counts of second-degree burglary stemming from a 2011 arrest and sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to a SLED background check.

According to information from the S.C. Department of Corrections, Brand was required to serve one-third of that sentence before being eligible for parole. He was released on parole in April 2018, state corrections officials said.

Brand told the judge on Thursday he wasn’t arrested again until he was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with Elvington’s murder.

Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace asked the court to deny bond for the defendant, saying “the violent act was one of the worst I have ever seen.”

“The victim, Ms. Elvington, she reminded me a lot of my grandmother,” said Wallace.

Arrest warrants state Brand kidnapped Elvington in Marion County while armed with a shotgun, holding her at gunpoint while in her car before shooting and killing her.

Barker addressed the family after their testimony, asking them to be patient as the case moves through the court system and encouraging them to lean on victims’ advocates, the sheriff and the officers in the community.

“What you’re going through is difficult, maybe the most difficult thing you’ll ever have to go through in your life,” Barker said.

The judge described what happened as “one of the most heinous crimes that I have experienced” in his 25 years on the bench.

Barker told Brand that he found the defendant to be a danger to the community and denied bond on all charges.

Brand is set for an initial appearance at 9 a.m. on May 4 at the Marion County Courthouse.

He then has a docket appearance scheduled for July 1.

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