2 arrested in May 2020 murder at St. Helena Island pool party

Crime & Safety

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – Over a year after a 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Lowcountry, investigators have arrested two men believed to be responsible.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the shooting occurred at a pool party on St. Helena Island on May 25, 2020. Deputies were called to Seaside Road around 9:55 p.m., where Malcolm Moore was found with an apparent gunshot wound.

Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene to take Moore to the hospital, but he died en route.

Investigators interviewed witnesses and learned there were over 100 people at the pool party.

No suspects were immediately identified.

BCSO says over the past year, investigators have continued to speak with witnesses who identified Tey’Veon Smalls, 22, of Ridgeland, and 25-year-old James Stafford Jr., of St. Helena Island, as those responsible for Moore’s death.

Earlier this month, investigators met with a Beaufort County magistrate and secured warrants for the suspects’ arrests on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

According to the sheriff’s office, investigators learned Smalls was most likely in Ridgeland. They called neighboring agencies for assistance, including the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and listed Smalls as a wanted person in the National Crime Information Center.

On Wednesday, JCSO and SLED located and arrested Smalls in Ridgeland. He has since been transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Friday morning, Stafford turned himself in to deputies in Beaufort, according to BCSO, and he was taken to jail.

Smalls and Stafford remain incarcerated at the Beaufort County Detention Center at this time. They have yet to receive bond hearings.

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