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      Murder suspect will stay behind bars until trial

      Judge Michael Baxley denied bond for Nelson McDaniel, 20, during a hearing at the Darlington County Courthouse Wednesday morning.

      McDaniel is charged with Murder in the killing of Lee Jackson, Jr., 29, on May 19, 2012.

      The Darlington County Sheriff's Office says the two were arguing at a baseball field on Centerville Road in Darlington County.

      At some point, McDaniel pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Jackson, deputies say.

      Deputies added that McDaniel then went to his car, got a rifle and fired more shots in the air.

      Jackson's mother cried uncontrollably during the hearing and had to be helped to a seat.

      Jackson's father said his son's death has taken a toll on his family.

      "It's the toughest thing I had to deal with in my life. He had time to think about what he was doing.He needs to stay in there until his trial. He don't never need to get out," said Lee Jackson, Sr.

      McDaniel's attorney Steven Deberry says his client shot Jackson in self-defense.

      "Mr. McDaniel himself called the police, minutes after the situation had occurred, told them where he was and you know he was cooperative. He was there when they got there. He told them where the guns were . He gave statements the same day that this happened and his defense is self-defense," said Steven Deberry, McDaniel's attorney.

      Judge Baxley says he will meet with the court administration and the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office to set up a trial date for McDaniel.

      He will remain behind bars at the Darlington County Detention Center until his trial.