2 slaying suspects back in S.C.
MONCKS CORNER -- Two men accused of beating, sexually assaulting and killing a fellow sailor in Berkeley County more than 17 years ago are back in South Carolina to face charges.
Charles Welty, 38, of Missoula, Mont., and Douglas Emery, of New Jersey, have been extradited to South Carolina, authorities said.
Both men were scheduled to have a bond hearing Wednesday night at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, according to Dan Moon, public information officer for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, which investigated the case with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Four suspects have been arrested in the 1992 death of James Alan Horton. A third suspect, Thomas Solheim, of Suffolk County, N.Y., still is awaiting transfer to South Carolina, Moon said.
A fourth suspect, Konnie Glidden, was arrested at her home in Goose Creek on July 15. She is being held at the detention center after already having her bond hearing here.
Horton's body was discovered in a watery ditch in November 1992. Authorities said he had been beaten, tied up and shot in the chest.
The case remained unsolved until July 8, when Welty told investigators in Montana that he and others beat, sexually assaulted and shot Horton, according to an arrest affidavit.
Authorities arrested Solheim in New York on July 13. Horton's mother said
Solheim was the investigators' prime suspect from the beginning. Investigators told Rosaline Horton that her son found Solheim, his superior aboard his ship, having sex with another male sailor.
Horton's family members described Emery as a friend of Horton and were surprised to hear of his alleged involvement in the 22-year-old's death. They also were surprised to hear that a woman, Glidden, was connected.
The four face charges of murder, kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and desecration of a corpse, according to Ed Buice, public affairs officer for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.