Man charged with murder in Myrtle Beach shooting allegedly smashed ex’s TVs in early April

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach police have one person in custody in the fatal shooting of a Myrtle Beach man Monday.

Ernest Elijah Lesesne was arrested and charged with murder, according to jail records. In a bond hearing Wednesday, he was held over to the circuit court for a hearing. Bond for murder can only be set by a circuit court.

No date was set for that hearing.

The victim, identified as 25-year-old William Wallace of the Myrtle Beach area, was killed in the shooting on Cedar Street, according to Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard. He was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Lesesne was also involved in an incident April 11 in the 200 block of Cedar Street, according to police. Lesesne is accused of punching two TVs and smashing a car windshield at the home of his ex-girlfriend when he went to pick up his belongings.

The victim told police Lesesne said “if I can’t have you then no one can” while he was punching one of the TVs, according to the police report. The victim said Lesesne never threatened her or tried to hurt her.

For that incident, Lesesne was charged with destruction of property and family offenses.

He was also previously arrested in March 2020 for having drugs in a home where children were present.

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