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Robbery was motive in killing of man at Myrtle Beach motel, warrant says

11-14-2013 South Carolina:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - Two men have been charged in connection with a Myrtle Beach motel homicide of a Hemingway man who was a registered sex offender, Myrtle Beach Police say.

Now, authorities say the incident happened during a robbery, according to an arrest warrant.

According to a press release, officers were notified of a homicide at the Atlantic View motel on Flagg Street in Myrtle Beach on Monday.

Officers said the victim of the crime, a 57-year-old Helbert Woodberry, was not located until late Tuesday afternoon.

The body was found on Postal Way, a road parallel to US 501 that links Carolina Forest shopping areas to Carolina Forest High School, police say.

Mitchell Monroe Weatherall, age 32, was charged with murder on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning, Weatherall appeared in front of a judge for an unrelated shoplifting charge. Bond was set at the maximum penalty of $1,092 for that charge. Weatherall remains in jails and awaits a bond hearing with a circuit court judge for the murder charge.

Joey Raymond Garsow, age 24, was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.

Garsow remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

An arrest warrant for Weatherall said that the killing happened in room 124, but a "supplemental report" from police said the incident happened in room 125. Police later confirmed the alleged killing happened in room 125.

"Subsequent info revealed the defendant killed the victim ... with malice aforethought during the commission of a robbery," the warrant said.

According to another arrest warrant, Garsow admitted to assisting Weatherall in the disposal of Woodberry's body in a post Miranda recorded interview. Garsow said he help moved the body to a vehicle so that Weatherall could dispose of it.

The victim was identified Tuesday night as being a convicted sex offender and is listed in the SC sex offender registry, Capt David Knipes of Myrtle Beach Police said.

Police are looking for a 1999 white Toyota Corolla with white paper tags and red writing. They believe this vehicle is connected to the crime. ..Source.. by WBTW News Staff

Blunt object used in murder of Hemingway man at Myrtle Beach motel, report says

A "blunt object" was associated with the murder of an area man whose body was found Tuesday evening in a field in Carolina Forest, according to a Myrtle Beach police report.

An Horry County police report identified the victim as 57-year-old Helbert Woodberry.

The Myrtle Beach report also says the murder occurred sometime between noon Nov. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

The murder was reported to Myrtle Beach police a week later at 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. A police statement released Monday initially provided a 10-day window between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11.

Woodberry's body was found later that day in a field near a cell phone tower off Postal Way in Carolina Forest, about a quarter mile from Carolina Forest Boulevard, Horry County police records state.

The Horry County report listed Woodberry as a Myrtle Beach resident, though Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said the victim also had identification saying he lived in Hemingway.

Williamsburg County court records also list a Hemingway address for the victim.

Knipes said the discovery of the body is tied to a pair of arrests made in connection with a murder investigation earlier in the day at a Myrtle Beach motel.

"There was information we gathered through the course of the investigation that the suspects disposed of the body somewhere in Carolina Forest," Knipes said.

Charges have been filed against two Myrtle Beach area men who were taken into custody earlier in the day.

Mitchell Monroe Weatherall, 32, of the 100 block of Chanticleer Village Drive near Carolina Forest, has been charged with murder, according to Myrtle Beach arrest records.

Joey Raymond Garsow, 24, of the 1000 block of Osceola Street in Myrtle Beach, has been charged with accessory after the fact of a felony, arrest records state.

Knipes said Weatherall and the victim were staying together at a Myrtle Beach motel, but Knipes couldn't specifically say what connection existed between them.

Garsow's bond has been set at $50,000. Bond has not been set for Weatherall as of this posting.

In a police statement, police said officers were alerted to a homicide that occurred at the Atlantic View Motel in the 600 block of Flagg Street.

The statement said the incident occurred sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11. No victim has been located, the statement said, but police have reason to believe a crime did occur.

State Law Enforcement Division records don't show any prior felony arrests for either suspect.

According to the Horry County Public Index, Myrtle Beach police charged Barstow was charged with public intoxication. The case is pending.

North Myrtle Beach police charged Weatherall on March 27 with disorderly conduct, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website. ..Source.. by Michael Smith

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