Tonight will be at least the third time one of the two men accused of killing two St. Stephen women has faced a judge at a bond hearing.
Arthur Ray Chavis, 23, of Cordesvillewas on probation for stealing tools from a neighbor when he was arrested and charged with murder Saturday.
He was arrested on a similar theft charge about five months earlier but not convicted.
Chavis and Caleb Brad Matlock of Summerville, also 23, will have a bond hearing at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley County Detention Center in Moncks Corner.
They are charged in the deaths Dana Woods, 18, and June Guerry, 22, both of St. Stephen.
In the incident that put him on probation, Chavis and two friends stole a chain saw, skill saw and generator from a garage not far from where Chavis lives on Highway 402 on March 22, 2011, and pawned them, according to the report from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
While they were there, the men entered the crawl space between the garage and the house and ruined a skillet trying to cook in the kitchen and rented four adult movies on the satellite dish, the resident told deputies.
Chavis was convicted of third-degree burglary last October and given 18 months probation, 60 hours of public service and mandatory drug testing, according to court records.
About five months before that incident, Chavis and three others were arrested and accused of stealing a Go Kart, scooter, log splitter and farm sprayer from a field in Alvin, according to the incident report from the sheriff’s office. Chavis was arrested and charged with grand larceny, but the case was not prosecuted, according to court records.
There is no indication that Matlock has a criminal record, according to checks with the State Law Enforcement Division and the court.
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