Man charged in death of missing Aynor teen now charged in separate murder case

Javon Dion Gibbs, 22, of Conway, is charged with trafficking cocaine, 28 grams or more, but less than 100 grams, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center. (J. Reuben Long Detention Center / WPDE Background)

One of the men charged in the death of missing Aynor teen, Zack Malinowski, is now back in jail in connection with another murder case, as well as drug charges.

Javon Dion Gibbs, 22, of Conway, is charged murder, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violence crime and with trafficking cocaine, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

The charges stem from the death of 22-year-old Laquan Johnson, of Loris, on Kimberly Drive in Conway on Sept. 27, according to Lt. Raul Denis, with Horry County police and Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

According to a police report released in September, officers were called to the home for an attempted murder/burglary and found the male victim, later identified as Johnson, in the process of being taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound.

A woman who said she also lived at the home and was the victim's girlfriend said she went to sleep at around 1 a.m. in the bedroom of the house and her boyfriend stayed in the living room and was sleeping on the couch. She said he had had some friends over the house earlier in the evening before she got home, according to the same report from September.

In a report released Dec. 1, the woman stated she did not hear anything prior to the loud noise that she believed to be a gunshot, and when she heard the loud noise she called the 22-year-old man's name and an unknown "black male with a bandanna covering his face, and possibly a yellow in color jacket entered her bedroom."

Part of the incident report following the man coming into the woman's room is redacted.

The woman later told police that she did not see that anything was missing in her home after the man left. Police did find a bag with a white powdery substance in it. The woman answered police when questioned about the drugs, but that part of the report is redacted.

The woman "did also advise the suspect had a firearm in his possession that was silver in color," according to the Dec. 1 incident report.

A murder warrant says that there was an eye witness who saw Gibbs shoot the 22-year-old man and that the man did die from his injuries. The kidnapping charge stems from entering the woman's home while armed with a gun, according to the arrest warrant.

The drug charges stem from when police went to a home off Beau Street in the Conway area to serve Gibbs with the arrest warrant in the murder case, according to a police report.

Gibbs was charged in 2014 with the murder and kidnapping of Zack Malinowski.

In August, Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman granted a motion to recuse the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office from prosecuting the case because of a conflict of interest.

The Attorney General's Office is now in charge of assigning a solicitor's office to prosecute the case.

We have reached out to Gibbs' attorney for comment.

Christopher Anfony Brown, 20, is also charged in the case. Brown was granted a $200,000 bond in August on charges not related to the Malinowski case.

Related - Man charged with murder of missing Aynor teen arrested again after Conway shooting

Zack Malinowski, 19, was last seen on Aug. 25, 2013, playing basketball in Aynor with his friends and was reported missing.

His car was found burned in the woods off of Valley Forge Road near Aynor later.

His body has not been found.

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