No bond for suspect charged with murder in Myrtle Beach motel shooting

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(Video courtesy of Myrtle Beach Police Department)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Myrtle Beach Police Department has charged a sixth person in connection to a murder at an Ocean Boulevard motel.

Jeffrey Seth Eckard, 33, of Greenville, was charged with murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule IV substance, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of unlawful neglect of a child and simple possession of marijuana, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Eckard appeared before a judge Sunday afternoon who did not set a bond for any of his charges. Eckard will appear before a judge in a higher court. Until then he will remain in custody without bond.

Officers arrived to the Waterpark Motel at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday and found one person unresponsive on the second floor. The person killed has been identified as Jermaine Stewart, 43, of Conway, according to Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.

Police said two of the 8 suspects were juveniles and charges are still pending against another suspect.

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