New details in the murder of two Berkeley County women
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- 23-year-old Arthur Chavis walked into the courtroom Friday morning, not even acknowledging the victim's families in the room.
At his preliminary hearing, a detective with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office revealed disturbing new information involving the murders of 18-year-old Dana Woods and 22-year-old June Guerry.
Also charged with their murders, 23-year-old Caleb Matlock, was not present because he had his hearing waived.
The detective described in graphic detail the initial discovery of Dana Wood's in the Francis Marion National Forest.
"Once she was located, we noticed she was covered up with wood timber logs," Sgt. Gino Alteri said. "She was naked from the waist down. Her pants, undergarments were thrown beyond her location."
Alteri said both women were shot in the head where Dana's body was discovered. He says they used her vehicle to move June's body, then brought the car back and burned it.
"Mr. Chavis had advised that while Mr. Matlock was moving Dana's body he was to move the vehicle. He brought the vehicle back and turned it around so that they could load it up with June's body," he said.
Both Chavis and Matlock have confessed to the murders.
He also mentioned the statement given by Matlock's girlfriend.
"Based on her statement, they tricked the girls into going to the location to look for a wallet that Caleb claimed he had lost. While out at that location he had talked to Chavis and said he was going to shoot them," he said.
Chavis's attorney Beau Seaton argued that the detective had no physical evidence to link Chavis to their murders.
The 9mm handgun used to murder the two women was found in Matlock's backpack at the time he was arrested.
"You don't have any fingerprints or residue that connects Mr. Chavis to the physical killing of both of these girls?" Seaton asked.
"No sir," Alteri said.
Seaton proceeded to ask the judge that his murder charges be dismissed. His request was denied.
Following the hearing, Dana's grandfather, Kevin Holcomb said it was disturbing to hear some of the details, but most of them they already knew.
"At the end of the day, we still have to accomplish something for Dana - that's to make sure justice is served for both her and June."