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Man charged in murder, crime spree, held on $5 million bond

James Bellamy (Source: HCPD) James Bellamy (Source: HCPD)
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One person has been arrested and charged in connection with last week’s deadly shooting at a Longs Food Lion that led to a crime spree through the Carolinas.

According to a press release from the Horry County Police Department, James Laverne Bellamy, of Tabor City, N.C., was arrested by the U.S. Marshals taskforce and HCPD detectives in Fair Bluff, N.C. He was charged with murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. At a hearing held Thursday morning, Bellamy was given a $5,000,000 bond.

According to Chadbourn Police, Bellamy was also served with warrants at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday for three more counts of armed robbery, in relation to the Chadbourn Quik Mart robbery. For those charges, he was given a $150,000 bond.

Bellamy is currently being held in the Columbus County Detention Center and will have his first court appearance in Whiteville, N.C. on Monday morning.

Bellamy may be extradited back to Horry County to face the charges, which stem from the Aug. 15 crime spree where one person was killed in the parking lot of the Longs Food Lion. Authorities were also called after a report of a strong-armed robbery on Fox Bay Road.

Police also responded to the Carolina Inn in the Loris area for a robbery call that same night. The final stop for the three suspects, according to police, was at a gas station in Chadbourn, N.C. 

Bellamy's charges stem from the Food Lion and Carolina Inn incidents. According to the HCPD, probable cause has been developed to also charge him in relation to the strong-armed robbery on Fox Bay Road. Those charges will be released once warrants are obtained.

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