MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) - Two men have been charged in connection with a Myrtle Beach motel homicide of a Hemingway man who was a registered sex offender, Myrtle Beach Police say.
Now, authorities say the incident happened during a robbery, according to an arrest warrant.
According to a press release, officers were notified of a homicide at the Atlantic View motel on Flagg Street in Myrtle Beach on Monday.
Officers said the victim of the crime, a 57-year-old, was not located until late Tuesday afternoon.
The body was found on Postal Way, a road parallel to US 501 that links Carolina Forest shopping areas to Carolina Forest High School, police say.
Mitchell Monroe Weatherall, age 32, was charged with murder on Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday morning, Weatherall appeared in front of a judge for an unrelated shoplifting charge. Bond was set at the maximum penalty of $1,092 for that charge. Weatherall remains in jails and awaits a bond hearing with a circuit court judge for the murder charge.
Joey Raymond Garsow, age 24, was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.
Garsow remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.
An arrest warrant for Weatherall said that the killing happened in room 124, but a "supplemental report" from police said the incident happened in room 125. Police later confirmed the alleged killing happened in room 125.
"Subsequent info revealed the defendant killed the victim ... with malice aforethought during the commission of a robbery," the warrant said.
According to another arrest warrant, Garsow admitted to assisting Weatherall in the disposal of _____'s body in a post Miranda recorded interview. Garsow said he help moved the body to a vehicle so that Weatherall could dispose of it.
The victim was identified Tuesday night as being a convicted sex offender and is listed in the SC sex offender registry, Capt David Knipes of Myrtle Beach Police said.
According to the SC Sex Offender registry, _____ was convicted of a crime in Georgia in 1992. He was last verified at his Hemingway address on Oct. 17, according to the registry.
Police are looking for a 1999 white Toyota Corolla with white paper tags and red writing. They believe this vehicle is connected to the crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Count on News 13 to bring you any updates.