ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A December bond hearing was set Wednesday morning for a man charged in the shooting death of a Conway woman and suspected of killing two other people, including his father, an Atlantic Beach town councilman.

Matthew DeWitt, 25, appeared in court in Horry County, where his bond hearing was scheduled for Dec. 2. He remains in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

DeWitt was arrested on Monday in the Atlantic Beach area after authorities said he shot and killed Natasha Stevens, 52. She was found dead Sunday at a home in the Conway area.

Arrest warrants obtained by News13 on Tuesday indicate that he told police after his arrest that he had shot Stevens.

DeWitt is also a suspect in the deaths of Atlantic Beach Town Councilman James DeWitt II, his father, and Gloria DeWitt, who were both found shot to death on Sunday in Richland County. WLTX in Columbia reported that deputies found their bodies after being called to a home on Greensprings Drive.

According to Richland County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained by News13 on Wednesday, deputies went to the home to do a welfare check. Once deputies arrived, the person who called said they had not talked to anyone at the home all day, which was unusual.

A deputy then noticed a person on the floor inside the home who was “not responding to call outs,” the report said. Deputies found the second victim later after doing a “protective sweep” of the home.

Authorities have not said how Matthew DeWitt was related to Stevens or Gloria DeWitt, but former Atlantic Beach councilman John Sketers told News13 on Tuesday that Stevens was a cousin of James DeWitt.

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