Walthourville murder suspect denied bond

Walthourville murder suspect denied bond

WALTERBORO, SC (WTOC) - A murder suspect in Walthourville was denied bond on Tuesday in a Liberty County magistrate court.

Thomas Jordan, Jr. faces malice and felony murder charges and more after a witness told investigators he shot Kenneth Jackson outside Jackson's mobile home last Monday in Walthourville.

Investigators say Jordan has a criminal record but turned himself in Monday. He'll remain in jail at least until his attorney can request a bond hearing in Superior Court.

Neighbors in Ceder Hill Mobile Home Park remain hesitant to comment in public over the deadly shooting here last week, despite a suspect being behind bars. Jackson's father talked to WTOC last week about a needless tragedy.

"It was uncalled for, no need for him to do that...unnecessary," said Clifford Reaves, victim's father.

Investigators say it happened outside and the bullets went through Jackson and into the wall of his home. They searched for Jordan last week, and his attorney scheduled his surrender Monday afternoon.

Sheriff Sikes said they're still piecing together what this argument was all about, but he knows it should not have cost anyone their life.

"You've got two families torn up....forever over a quick decision that's going to last for eternity," said Sheriff Sikes.

Since a magistrate judge can't grant bond on charges like murder, Jordan went back to his cell where he'll wait at least for a hearing in Superior Court.

"I hope they do this expeditiously, bring him to justice and they give him the maximum that the law allows," said Reaves.

Sheriff Sikes said he urged Jackson's family last week not to take matters in their own hands in trying to find Jordan, but let his investigators handle it. So they were the first ones the sheriff called when they got Jordan into custody.

This is not Jordan's first time in jail. Jordan recently served a 5-year sentence for an arrest in Liberty County, charged with possession and intent to distribute cocaine in 2009.

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