HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The two men who were found dead in a car last week in the Socastee area were shot and stabbed before they were burned inside the vehicle, according to arrest warrants released Tuesday.
These new documents allege one of the four suspects charged in connection with the crime – Michael Faile - hired David Lee Cook and Zachary Stell to recover heroin and fentanyl from the victims, as well as dispose of the bodies by burning them and the vehicle.
According to the warrants, Stell and Cook lured the two victims to an unknown location, where they were shot several times.
Stell then reportedly gave suspect William Tatum money to buy the gasoline and set the bodies and the car on fire, the warrants state.
When Tatum returned with the gasoline, he reportedly saw that one of the victims was still alive. According to the warrants, Cook and Stell stabbed the victims multiple times before setting fire to them and the vehicle.
Tatum was also reportedly used as a lookout and to help clean up the crime before the fire was set.
The bodies were found Friday off Butler Road in the Socastee area. The four suspects have all been arrested and charged in connection with the murders.
According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden, both victims were male but identifying them has been made difficult due to the condition of the remains.
The arrest warrants can be read in full below: