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Man accused of deadly Conway bank robbery back in S.C., court appearance set for today

Brandon Michael Counsil, Sr., 32, who is charged in the deadly CresCom bank robbery, is back in South Carolina and currently being held at the Florence County Detention Center. (FCDC / WPDE Background)

Brandon Michael Council, Sr., 32, who is charged in the deadly CresCom bank robbery, is back in South Carolina and currently being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

He will be arraigned on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Florence by federal authorities, according to 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson. He said the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office will be present to assist with the arraignment.

ABC15's Eddie Kadhim will be inside the courtroom to bring you the latest updates for our evening newscasts. No cameras are allowed inside the courtroom.

Council was charged in a federal criminal complaint with armed bank robbery with a deadly weapon resulting in death and with use, carry, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Police say Council killed Donna Major, 59, of Conway, and Kathryn "Katie" Skeen, 36, of Green Sea, during the robbery on Aug. 21 in Conway.

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Conway police were first alerted to the incident through a bank alarm around 1:16 p.m. on Monday.

When officers got on scene, they found the two employees inside the bank dead from injuries sustained during the robbery.

In August, Richardson said they were seeking charges against Council for two counts of murder, entering a bank with the intent to steal, grand larceny, armed robbery, possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime and felon in possession of a pistol.

There's a chance that the federal charges could also by handled by Richardson’s office.

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"We are the federal government in part. We've got prosecutors willing to prosecute stuff in federal court. They've accepted those prosecutors and they've been vetted and they've been prosecuting cases," Richardson said.

The Florence Detention Center has his last name spelled "Counsil" which is different than in the Federal Court file, which has his name listed as Council.

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