At a bond hearing in Moncks Corner tonight, a magistrate told the two men accused of killing Dana Woods and June Guerry that he could not set bail on murder charges. The Post and Courier covered the hearing,. Check back later for additional details.
MONCKS CORNER — Two young men have been charged in the double homicide of Dana Woods and June Guerry, whose bodies were found in Francis Marion National Forest last week along with Woods' burned car, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
Murder charges were filed against Caleb Brad Matlock, 23, of Summerville and Arthur Ray Chavis, 23, of Cordesville, said Capt. Rick Ollic, who leads the department's detectives.
“These are the two people responsible for the deaths of these two young ladies,” Ollic said Saturday night. “They were taken into custody this afternoon.”
The arrests came on the day when 18-year-old Dana Woods' funeral was held in Moncks Corner. Woods and 22-year old June Guerry went missing around midnight Aug. 26 after going out for fast food.
They were found dead in the woods days later, shot to death.
Police have offered no hint of a possible motive, but there were connections between the victims and the alleged murderers.
“The two suspects are cousins and they knew both of these young women,” Ollic said.
In one of the last conversations that Woods had with her mother, she said friend of Guerry had joined them and they were headed to another fast-food restaurant, a McDonald's.
Guerry and Chavis are “friends” on the social media website Facebook. On Saturday night, after Chavis and Matlock were arrested, Guerry's sister Rachel posted on her Facebook page: “my sister actually dated one of them which is the bad part!”
The Sheriff's Office would not discuss what led them to arrest Matlock and Chavis.
However, the original missing persons report for Woods and Guerry says a witness spotted a car Monday that appeared to be Woods' being driven by a man in the Highway 402 area.
That report says Guerry's mother told investigators that her daughter had a friend named Chavis who lived in that area.
“The investigation is still ongoing and there will be more details as it goes on,” Ollic said.
Chavis is currently on probation from a 2011 burglary conviction, police records show. He lives on S.C. Highway 402 at the corner of Hard Pinch Road, which is about 4 miles from where Woods' body and burned car were found Tuesday.
Woods and Guerry had last been seen late Aug. 26 at a Burger King in Moncks Corner.
“Investigators with the Sheriff's Office have been working around the clock to solve this crime since these young women were reported missing early Tuesday,” said Dan Moon, spokesman for the office.
After Woods' car was found burned and dumped in the woods Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office and Berkeley County Rescue Squad organized a search around the car that included dogs, volunteers on horses, all-terrain vehicles and people on foot. A dive team also searched a creek near the site.
Woods body was found not far from the car Tuesday. Guerry's body was later found about 10 miles away.
Woods was a student and worked at Papa John's, and Guerry worked at a Walmart. Both are graduates of Timberland High School.
Guerry, an Alvin resident, was the mother of a 2-year-old daughter.
Reporter Andrew Knapp contributed to this report.Reach David Slade at 937-5552.