Demond Hannah

Demond Hannah

Sentenced to jail for death of infant child

Conway man gets 20 years for child’s death

A Conway man pleaded guilty in Horry County Court Tuesday to the death of his infant son in October of 2018.

Demond Marquise Hannah, 22, pleaded to homicide by child abuse before the Circuit Judge William Seals, according to Mary-Ellen Walter, a senior assistant solicitor, who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Seals sentenced Hannah to 20 years in prison.

In October 2018, Hannah was watching the child while the child’s mother was away from the residence. Within 15 to 20 minutes, the child became unresponsive. The child was taken by ambulance to Conway Medical Center and then airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was later removed from life support. The child had injuries consistent with having been violently shaken, according to Walter.

“Any murder is horrific, but the murder of a child is especially tragic. I am grateful that we were able to achieve some measure of justice for this young victim. Thank you to Conway Police Department, the State Law Enforcement Division and MUSC for their assistance in this case,” Walter said after the sentencing.

Tree-related death

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 4, Marcial Diaz Capetillo was removing a tree limb from a friend’s property at 5790 U.S. 378.

He was thrown from the ladder when the limb collapsed onto the ladder. Information from the Horry County Coroner’s Office says he died immediately from traumatic injuries due to the fall.

He was 48-years-old and lived in Conway, but was originally from Mexico.

He was not affiliated with any tree removal service and was not using proper harnessing, according to the Coroner’s report.

Shots fired?

A Conway man was charged with discharging a firearm after police were called to the Conway Medical Center Emergency Room where a person with a gunshot wound had reported for treatment.

The Conway police report says only that the incident happened on Second Avenue.

Kenneth Earl Woodbury, 52, of Conway was charged with discharging a firearm. He was released the next day on a $2,125 bond.

Out-of-town girls attacked

Two Hemingway girls, one 12-years-old and the other 17-years-old, told police that three young girls came up to them and began to argue. The younger girl said one of the unknown girls began to punch the 17-year-old before stomping and kicking her in the head and neck, according to a Conway police report. At that point, a teenage boy pulled a firearm from his pants and began to wave it around, acting as if he might fire it, but he didn’t.

The younger Hemingway girl said she tried to help the older one, but the boy threw her down multiple times.

No one was charged with the attack at the time the police report was written.

Overdose needs attention

A Conway policeman says he was called to a Conway residence to check on a person who might have overdosed, according to a Conway police report. He said he found the man on his front porch going in and out of consciousness. The report says the man told him he had snorted an unknown amount of heroin. The policeman used Narcan to help him regain full consciousness, but the man refused to go to the hospital with emergency medical workers.

Because the man needed to be seen by a doctor immediately, the policeman took him into emergency protective custody and followed the emergency workers as they traveled to Conway Medical Center. The man reportedly became fully cooperative after he was seen by a doctor, according to the report. He was turned over to the medical staff for treatment.

Vehicle incidents

■ A Loris teen told Conway police that while she was parked in the Walmart parking lot for about 30 minutes on a recent afternoon that a large dent was inflicted on the trunk portion of her vehicle, according to a Conway police report.

The damage did not hurt the vehicle’s ability to operate.

The teen could not point out the exact location where the vehicle had been parked when it was struck, according to the police report, which also pointed out that there were no scratches and no paint of a different color on the vehicle.

There were no witnesses and the victim did not need a police report.

A policeman went to Walmart staff and asked if he could get a video of the vehicle, but there was no one there at the time that could help him. He planned to return.

■ A young Conway woman told police that when she headed outside to go to the store on a recent morning she saw that her vehicle was missing. The Conway police report says the woman still had the key, but she wasn’t sure if the vehicle had been locked.

The young woman said the car had a flat tire in the back and scratches on one side, along with some rust.

Police listed the vehicle in a national crime computer.

Two days later a supplemental report says police got a call from a friend of the homeowner who said his girlfriend had found the car on U.S. 701 North and Highway 65. The policeman says the car was locked and a rear tire was shredded. The car’s owner called a towing company to retrieve the vehicle.

■ A resident of Barker Street told Conway police that someone took a $5,000 insurance check from the center console of his vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry and it didn’t appear when the Conway police report was written that anyone had tried to cash the check. The man put a stop payment on the check.

■ A Galivants Ferry woman says she parked her car at the Conway Recreation Center, locked it and went in at about 5:30 p.m. on a recent afternoon. She realized the next day that her purse, with everything in it, was missing. The Conway police report says the woman’s son must have left the car unlocked when he went back to get his water bottle.

■ A Conway teen says three males went into his locked GMC Sierra, parked on Pantheon Drive, and took a Winchester .12-gauge, Super X4 shotgun with a wood stock and a black metal Kicks High Flyer choke tube; shotgun shells; an LL Bean backpack holding several school books; and other items. He estimates his loss at about $1,400. The Conway police report says police looked for three males that fit the description given by the victim, but were unable to find them. The police report says the suspects tried unsuccessfully to open other vehicles.

■ A young resident of Boundary Street told Conway police that someone went into her unsecured vehicle and took an Army duffle bag holding an Army uniform top, two undershirts and various civilian clothing.

■ A Main Street resident says at 3 a.m. on a recent morning someone went into his F-150 truck and stole his passport, according to a Conway police report. He says he has a video of the incident that shows one man going through the vehicle while a second man stood watch at the rear of the vehicle.

The Conway police report says the vehicle wasn’t locked. The duo tried to get into several other vehicles, but they were all locked, according to the Conway police report.

■ A car traveling on Mill Pond Road without its lights on at shortly after midnight on a recent night caught the attention of a Conway policeman who attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver didn’t stop. Instead he turned on his hazard lights and made several turns, one onto Church Street and finally onto Cultra Road, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he stopped his pursuit after he saw an Horry County policeman fall in behind the vehicle.

The Horry County officer later got back in touch with the Conway officer saying the driver he had been following had collided with a fixed object. He says the driver got out and ran, leaving a passenger at the site.

Two Conway officers went to assist the Horry County officer.

They searched the area, but were not able to find the fleeing driver.

The person who stayed at the scene told police that the man who ran was the driver. He gave a written statement and personal information.

■ Conway police received a call from Latimer’s Funeral Home at about 5 p.m. on a recent afternoon saying that a $37,000 XL Denali had been taken from the funeral home on Wright Boulevard, according to a Conway police report.

The person who called said the vehicle was there at 11 a.m. that morning. He also said that several days before he and his brother noticed that the key fob was missing. He said they searched everywhere for the key fob, but couldn’t find it. The vehicle that was missing went with the missing car. Police planned to list the car as stolen in a national crime computer.

A supplemental report filed four days later says a Conway teen was brought from the Williamsburg County Detention Center to the Horry County jail. He is charged with grand larceny in connection with this missing vehicle. The car was removed from NCIC.

■ The resident of an apartment on Wild Wing Boulevard called police at about 9:30 a.m. on a recent morning to report that his car had been stolen. He said it was in front of the main office at his apartment complex. When he came back about 90 minutes later it was gone. He said it was locked and he had the only key.

The Toyota Avalon was listed in a national crime computer as stolen.

However, the victim called police the next day saying he had recovered his vehicle. He said he is on medication and had forgotten that he left it at Handley’s Pub in Carolina Forest. The Conway police report says the police officer planned to get security footage from the apartment complex and present the case for a charge of filing a false police report.

House breaking

A 16th Avenue resident said he went to his home recently and it was fine, but several days later, someone who was cutting the grass noticed that the back door had been broken open and the glass door was shattered.

The man went through the house and found that the only thing missing was a vacuum cleaner, according to a Conway police report.

The owner estimates that the vacuum cleaner was valued at about $100, the door was valued at $200 and the sliding glass door was worth $200.

Alcohol/drug incidents

■ A Conway police repot says police saw a crowd of young males standing in front of a Hemingway Street residence selling narcotics, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman said he walked there and tried to make contact with the group of about 20 people. He reported seeing one young man trying to separate himself from the group and head toward U.S. 378. When the policeman tried to talk with the young man, he said he saw a plastic bag protruding from his waistband and he smelled green marijuana.

The policeman says he told the young man to put his hands behind his back so he could detain him, but the man was resistant asking “stalling questions” and not listening to the policeman’s answers.

He got one hand cuffed, but the man wouldn’t let him cuff his other hand. When a second policeman saw that his fellow officer was having trouble, he went to help and together they managed to cuff him.

He was charged with disobeying a police officer. When the policeman told the young man he smelled marijuana, he denied that he had any. After the policeman took the bag, the young man reportedly said, “Oh I do have marijuana.” Simple possession of marijuana was added to his charges.

■ A Gresham man drew the attention of Conway police when he drove on U.S. 378 without his lights on at about 10:30 p.m. one night this past week. The policeman says the man had glassy eyes, was slurring his speech and looked confused.

When the policeman asked where he had been and what he had drunk, he told him he had been to Rascal’s bar where he had one beer. However, he later said he drank several beers and had a Fireball, according to the report.

When the man tried to get out of the vehicle, he hit his head on the car and stumbled out. He then leaned back against the car to keep his balance.

After the man performed poorly on field sobriety tests, he was taken in for a breath test. He registered .17 on the test and was charged with driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration. Open container was added to his charge after the policeman found a half-empty bottle of Fireball whiskey in the car.

He was also charged with improper lights, and was taken to jail.

■ A young Conway woman was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after a Conway policeman answered a call about a disorderly suspect on Main Street in the area of Salley’s Cleaners, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he saw the woman being loud and boisterous and discovered that she had slurred speech, was having difficulty keeping her balance and smelled of alcohol.

The policeman says she was uncooperative when officers tried to fasten her safety belt. She was taken to jail.

■ A Conway policeman says the rain was coming down in torrents when he found a woman in the road on U.S. 378 near Carolina Gardens at about 5 a.m. on a recent morning, according to a Conway police report.

The woman smelled of alcohol and told the policeman she was carjacked while looking for her daughter. The Conway police report says the woman gave conflicting stories about how her car was stolen.

The police report says she then told the policeman that she was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

She was charged with public intoxication and taken to jail.

■ A Conway man says he found a Dillon man wet and shivering at about 1:15 p.m. as Hurricane Dorian was passing through. The Conway police report says the man was in the area of the U.S. 501 Food Lion and was violating the area’s evacuation order by being there.

The police report says the man had an open beer and a few unopened beers in a case.

The policeman says he offered the man a place/shelter for the night, but he refused, so he charged him with public drunkenness and open container and took him to jail.

Sexual assault reported

A Conway policeman says a woman came to the police department recently to report a possible sexual assault, according to a Conway police report.

The woman says the assault happened at an Elm Street residence. The policeman checked and discovered that a criminal sexual assault had occurred on Sept. 1.

Creating a ruckus

A Conway man was charged with disorderly conduct after he was seen by police on Ninth Avenue sitting on a porch being loud and boisterous and using profanity at 1 a.m. on a recent morning. The Conway police report says even after the man was handcuffed he continued to yell and use profanity.

The policeman checked and learned that the man had a pending warrant out of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear.

It’s a gun

A Walmart employee told a Conway policeman that in the parking lot he found a black Ruger LCP 380 handgun with a magazine and six hollow point rounds. He turned it in to loss prevention. The Conway police report says the policeman checked and learned that the gun had been reported stolen in Horry County.

The employee who found the gun said a heavyset woman told him she had lost something and he found the gun in the spot where she said she lost her property. A few minutes later the woman went into the store and handed the employee her cellphone. A man who was on the line told police that he had dropped the gun and he wanted it back.

The policeman took the gun to the police department and had it removed from a national crime computer.

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I'm the editor of the Horry Independent, a weekly newspaper in Conway, South Carolina. I cover city hall and courts, among many other subjects. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7241.

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