Suspect wanted in murder of J.W. Bailey turns himself in

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UPDATE 6:15 PM SATURDAY: The suspect wanted in the murder of convenience store owner and firefighter J.W. Bailey has been taken into custody, deputies say.

William Mason, 20, turned himself in to authorities Saturday evening, according to Captain Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s still unclear when Mason will face a judge.

He is being held at the Dillon County Detention Center.

Count on News13 for updates as we follow this story.


DILLON, SC (WBTW) – The Dillon County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect wanted in connection to the murder of J.W. Bailey in his grocery store.

According to the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office, William Latavion Mason, 20, of Dillon is wanted for one charge of murder in connection to the death of J.W. Bailey.

Anyone has any information on the whereabouts of William Latavion Mason you are asked to call the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office at 843-774-1432, Central Dispatch at 843-841-3707 or your local law enforcement agency

J.W. Bailey

Bailey was killed during an apparent robbery at his grocery store on December 12. Baily was 77-years-old and previously served as a firefighter. His son Keith Bailey serves as the Fire Chief for the city of Dillon.

The family confirmed to News13 Bailey wasn’t supposed to work that night, but was filling in for another employee.

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