Families feud in emotional bond court hearing

By Valencia

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Forty-four-year-old Ronald Reid's bond court hearing began like any other in Charleston County -- until the family of his alleged victim made a plea to the judge.

"They took my son's life," said Virginia Horry, Maurice Horry's mother.

Reid has been charged for the murder of Maurice Horry, one of the three victims in a homicide case in North Charleston.

Police say 41-year old Maurice Horry walked into the Cycle Gear Shop on Dorchester Road to buy some equipment for his motorcycle. Before he could leave, police say he was approached by five men.

"There was an altercation when they came in here at the front counter," said Stan Foxworthy, manager of Cycle Gear. "Next thing I know, fists started to fly. I instructed another employee to start calling 911 as well. The fight erupted. They went ahead a knocked over a bunch of things."

Foxworthy says the fight was taken outside and that's when shots were fired.

"I was told that my son was trying to get away," said Horry. "But, they had him blocked in. He could not get in."

Court documents say 15 members of a motorcycle gang were waiting in the parking lot for Maurice.

Police say Maurice Horry escaped through the front door of the store and got his pistol from under the seat of his motorcycle. That's when police say Reid pulled a pistol from his side and began firing at Maurice Horry.

Police say Maurice Horry was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene.

"He left behind four small children," said Horry. "He has a 4-year-old, 7-year-old; he has a 12-year-old and he has a 15-year-old, just went to tenth grade."

Horry recalled the agony of her youngest grandson.

"I told him that his dad is in heaven. We tried to explain to him that his dad is in heaven and he's not going to come back," Horry said in a tearful speech to magistrate judge Linda Lombard.

That's when Elizabeth Harkins, a family member of Reid, claimed Maurice Horry was at fault. In the middle of Harkins' speech, the Horry family became very upset and began yelling in defense of Maurice.

Police officers were called in the calm everyone down. But, the emotional comments continued.

"It was intent. As we know it, it was premeditated," said Maurice Horry's aunt.

"He's a good man. He's a family man," said the suspect's brother. "He'll do anything to help anybody. This is out of character for him to have something like this happen."

Maurice Horry's aunt went on the say, "May God have mercy on his soul because we know Maurice is innocent."

Reid was denied bond.

The second suspect in this case, Barry Stinson, was charged with second-degree assault and battery by mob.

According to police officials, Horry was affiliated with the Real Kings Motorcycle Club while Reid and Stinson are both members of{} Wheels of Soul.

Police also said there could be more arrests in this case.