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Federal grand jury indicts suspect in Horry County kidnapping, Marion County slaying

Federal grand jury indicts suspect in Horry County kidnapping, Marion County slaying

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A federal grand jury in Columbia returned a multiple-count indictment in connection with a kidnapping and carjacking that started in Horry County, continued into North Carolina, and culminated in a murder in Marion County.

Dominique Devonah Brand, 29, of Marion, was charged in a three-count indictment with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence resulting in death of a person in such a manner to constitute murder. Brand could receive a sentence of up to life without the possibility of parole or death on all counts.

The indictment alleges that March 28, Brand entered the home of Mary Ann Elvington in Nichols and kidnapped her. The indictment alleges that Brand forced Elvington to drive him in her 2012 Buick Lacrosse to Lake Waccamaw, N.C., and then back to Lakeview. There, according to the indictment, Brand forced Elvington into the back seat of the vehicle and he drove away with her in it.

It is alleged that, shortly thereafter, Brand shot and killed Elvington behind an abandoned grocery store at Zion Crossroads in Marion County. Brand then drove the vehicle to a wooded area behind a nightclub in Marion and abandoned it, according to the indictment.

Brand will be arraigned before a United States magistrate at Florence's McMillan Federal Courthouse in the coming weeks. He remains in custody on related state charges in Marion County.

The case was investigated by a joint team consisting of the Horry County Police Department, Marion County Sheriffs Office, Dillon County Sheriffs Office, Myrtle Beach City Police Department, Lakeview Police Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Pee Dee Safe Streets Gang Task Force is also assisting in the investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Everett E. McMillian and Special Assistant United States Attorney Scott Hixson are prosecuting the federal case in close coordination with the 15th and 12th Circuit Solicitors’ Offices.

“While the indictment in this specific case speaks for itself, brazen violence, particularly against the elderly, will always be met with a strong, unified effort by law enforcement to bring the victims justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart. “We will never waver in our work to stop violent crime in South Carolina.”


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