Man charged with murder in connection to 73-year-old’s death in North Myrtle Beach

Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 12:42 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2022 at 5:48 PM EST
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A North Charleston man is now facing charges in connection to the death of a North Myrtle Beach man.

A police report from the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety states that 21-year-old Kameron Horton, of North Charleston, was the suspect in a deadly assault that happened on Monday.

Per the report, officers responded to the 2700 block of Hillside Drive at around 5 p.m. after a neighbor found the victim inside his home face down with blood on him. The neighbor met with police when they arrived, stating the victim lived alone in the upstairs unit and that no one else should be inside.

An officer then went up the stairs and saw bloody footprints from the bottom steps leading all the way to the front door.

When the officer opened the door, they discovered the victim face down with “blood pooled around his body.” The officer also stated that portions of the blood were partially dried and cracked on the floor when they arrived.

The victim, later identified as 73-year-old Darrell Johnson, was also found to have a large laceration on the back of his head.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard later said Johnson died as a result of his injuries. An autopsy has been scheduled at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Neighbors and people visiting the area like Nilda Megan told WMBF News that they were stunned to hear what happened.

”It’s been really nice and friendly,” Megan said. “We’ve felt comfortable and safe here. It’s just a little nerve-wracking now. We’re just being more cautious, and that’s all you can be.”

Horton was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in Hardeeville after police there received a tip that he may have been traveling through the area. He was jailed in Jasper County before being extradited back to Horry County on Wednesday.

Horton is charged with a single count of murder and is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon.

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