Bond denied for suspect in CCU student's murder

Marquis McDonald, one of two suspects in the shooting death of Anthony Liddell, will stay in jail for now after Judge Larry Hyman denied his request for bond.

The other suspect, Stephon McLain, waived his right to a bond hearing.

He did, however, say there was an option to revisit McDonald's bond request in six months.

"The state will be preparing the case during that time period upon receipt of the state law enforcement division case report, which will contain the majority of the evidence. Then we will deliver that over to Mr. McCollum and Mr. Long, the attorneys for Mr. McDonald and Mr. McLain," Horry County Senior Assistant Solicitor Brad Richardson said.

In court on Wednesday, Richardson argued against giving McDonald bond. He showed the cell phone that state police discovered at the scene of the crime on February 26, when Liddell was shot to death at University Place apartments. Richardson said McDonald admitted to police that he met with Liddell that same night.

In McDonald's phone, Liddell was listed as "Coastal Bud Boy."

Richardson also revealed a statement from a jail call made by McDonald. In the call, McDonald said to an unidentified person that he intended to flee if released from jail.

McDonald's attorney, Greg McCollum, said the comment made during the phone call was a surprise to him and that he will investigate it further.

He said he also plans to fight again for McDonald's bond in six months.

"Did I hope we would get a bond? Yes. I was hoping that we would. The state brought up several things that caused the judge to hesitate, and those are things that we will now look at and see if we can confirm them or not," McCollum said.

McDonald and McLain both face murder charges in connection with his death.

McDonald is being held in the Florence County Detention Center, and McLain is in J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.

You can read more about the suspects and the warrants against them here.


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