The two men charged with the disappearance and death of 19-year-old Zachary Malinowski are scheduled to appear before a judge for a preliminary hearing Friday morning.
Christopher Anfony Brown, 20, of Myrtle Beach, and Javon Dion Gibbs, also 20, of Conway, were charged in December and remain jailed in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to court records.
Although Malinowski’s body has never been found, both Brown and Gibbs are charged with murder and kidnapping, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Assistant solicitor Josh Holford said the pair is scheduled to appear in magistrate’s court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
He said the purpose of the hearing is to determine if there is probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.
He said during the hearing, Horry County Police will explain to the judge what evidence they have that resulted in the arrest of Brown and Gibbs. The judge will then decide if the case will proceed or if the charges will be dropped.
Holford said, “Ninety-nine percent of the time the cases are bound over to the grand jury.”
Brown and Gibbs will appear over a video feed from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Holford said.
Malinowski disappeared in the early hours of Aug. 26, 2013.
Horry County Police Department spokesman Lt. Raul Denis said two suspects abducted Malinowski from the home he shared with his grandparents and took him to the western part of Horry County where he was killed.
Denis will not talk about a possible motive for the killing. He said he cannot comment because the case is still under investigation.
Malinowski’s mother, Missy Jordan, met with reporters after the arrests were made in December. She said police have not told her anything about a possible motive.
Jordan told police the last thing she knew about her son was that he was going to Aynor to play basketball with a friend.
When Jordan went to look for her son, the friend refused to answer any questions, according to an Aug. 27, 2013, police report.
A few weeks after Malinowski was reported missing, Malinowski’s family began searching the area of Valley Forge and Joyner Swamp roads, where the teen was last known to be, according to a Sept. 3 police report.
The report said about 100 yards away in some woods, one family member found his burned vehicle.
It wasn't until February 2014 that police first publicly acknowledged that foul play was suspected in Malinowski's disappearance. The acknowledgment came in a Facebook post to the Horry County Police Department page.
Jordan issued a plea to Brown, Gibbs or anyone else with knowledge about where her son’s body may be to come forward with that information.
“Please, please I beg you, tell where my baby is at. We need to find him,” she said as she cried
Jordan said the family still has “a long road ahead” as officials try to find her son’s body.
She said she seeks “justice served for my baby boy.”
She said as the future developments in the case take place her family “will remain strong and not waiver in our faith in our investigators.”
Jordan said she does not know Gibbs but had seen Brown once.
“He was supposed to be Zack’s friend,” she said of Brown.
She said she is unsure if the two suspects attended Aynor High School with her son.
“I am not going to get closure as a mother until my child is buried in peace. I need to find him and I need to bury him. He deserves that respect because he did not deserve what happened to him,” Jordan said.