Editor’s note: Frye and Hunter were both found not guilty on all charges Monday by a jury. Read more about the verdict here.

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Opening arguments and witness testimony began Tuesday morning in Horry County Circuit Court in the double-murder trial of two men charged in a 2020 shooting at a Myrtle Beach restaurant that also wounded six other people.

Samuel Frye and Mardave Hunter were among four people charged after Antonio Woods, 38, of Hemingway, and Darius Hemingway, 30, of Myrtle Beach, were shot to death at Allen’s Food Basket restaurant on Oct. 12, 2020.

Prosecutors said the Woods, Hemingway and the other victims were playing poker when a doorman was hit on the head and the suspects began shooting. Police reportedly found nearly three dozen shell casings at the scene.

Tyrese Deshawnd Lighty and Lonnell Damond Duckett Jr. were also charged in the case. Lighty was arrested in Bexar County, Texas, in February 2021. In opening arguments, prosecutors said Lighty has pleaded guilty after being charged with murder and will testify that Frye and Hunter were with him at the time of the shooting.

Frye’s lawyer said in his opening argument that Frye was not inside the restaurant when the shooting happened. Hunter is represented by a different attorney.  

Before breaking for lunch, jurors heard from a Myrtle Beach police officer who responded to the shooting. He said his main goal was helping those who were still alive but wounded. He said he didn’t see anything other than the victims and those who were hurt. 

After lunch, Gabe Jackson, the owner of Allen’s Food Basket who was among those wounded in the shooting, testified that he did not recognize any of the shooters because they were wearing masks.

He testified that the door was open and the shooters walked in making comments but he couldn’t remember what they were saying. He also testified that he was the person who called the police the night of the shooting. 

Tyrese Lightly, the third suspect testified against Frye and Hunter.

Lighty said he was in a car with 5 people including the two suspects in court today Frye and Hunter, when they drove to Allen’s food basket.

Lighty said Hunter, another suspect and himself entered the restaurant shooting at victims playing a game of poker.

Lighty said he decided to testify because he has nothing to hide. However, he told the prosecution two months ago Frye was inside and involved in the shooting but today he said he never saw Frye enter Allen’s food basket or shoot anyone.

Frye was an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force at the time of his arrest in October 2020. Hunter was arrested in December 2020 in New Jersey after Myrtle Beach police worked closely with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to find him.

Hemingway was known for his generosity, including buying dozens of gifts for kids in the Racepath community during the Christmas season before his death.

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