A Conway man, who might be able to shed some light on the 2005 murder case of Charlie and Diane Parker, has been charged with murder in connection with the killing of Dwayne Gaghum on Durant Street in Conway almost a year ago.
Officers with the Columbus (Ohio) Police Department captured Khalil S. Moore, 36, two weeks ago in Columbus, where he is incarcerated and awaiting extradition to Conway to face his charges here, according to Conway Police Chief Reggie Gosnell.
Conway police also have a warrant charging Moore with possession of a weapon by a person forbidden from possessing a weapon, according to Sgt. Dale Long.
Gaghum was shot in the head and his truck crashed into a house on Durant Street, inflicting substantial damage to the house. Gaghum was 53-years-old when police found him inside his Dodge truck with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to his head.
It appeared as if Gaghum was traveling on Hemingway Street from the direction of U.S. 378, sped across Durant Street and hit the house at 914 Durant Street head on.
At the time, Gosnell wouldn’t say if Gaghum was shot by someone inside the truck with him or outside of the truck; however, he did say Gaghum was shot at close range and dismissed the idea that the shooting might have been a random or accidental event.
In 2008, Richard Gagnon was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder and first-degree burglary for the murders of Charlie and Diane Parker. Gagnon was the boyfriend of Mrs. Parker’s daughter and Charlie Parker’s stepdaughter, Bambi Bennett. The Parkers were found dead April 12, 2005, in their home on S.C. 90, about one-half mile from S.C. 22 by their son Charlie Parker Jr. and two other employees of Parker’s glass company Mirrotec, which Parker operated out of a barn about 100 to 150 yards behind his home.
Testimony in the four-day trial was that Gagnon and Bennett had fought with the Parkers about custody of Bambi Bennett’s children and property she inherited from her grandfather.
However, the S.C. Supreme Court later overturned Gagnon’s conviction after an inmate incarcerated with Gagnon recanted his testimony at the trial. Robert Lee Mullins had testified that Gagnon told him he “did it.”
Gagnon, who has repeatedly denied the murders, is out of jail on bond now awaiting a decision by 15th Judicial Solicitor Jimmy Richardson to either dismiss Gagnon’s charges or schedule a retrial.
At Gagnon’s trial, there was expert testimony that there was another person inside the house, but prosecutors admitted they didn’t know who it was.
They sent the suspect’s DNA to a national database where it sat for about two years before Hill was arrested in Tennessee and law enforcement there noted a match.
Hill pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery in Tennessee and was serving a seven-year sentence, which was set to end in October of 2014 when he was brought back to Horry County to stand trial for the Parkers’ murders. He was tried and convicted of two counts of murder and first-degree burglary and was sentenced to two life sentences plus a concurrent 30 years.
In Hill’s trial, Sgt. Rick Beatty of the Myrtle Beach Police Department testified that Hill was involved in a traffic stop on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach in April of 2005 along with Kahlil Moore, who was later identified as a former employee at Charlie Parker’s business.
Another glass employee George Carrick testified that Moore worked at the business for a while and ate dinner in the couple’s home on occasion. Carrick said Moore wasn’t working at the time of the murders.
Prosecutors argued that Moore provided the link that connected Hill to Gagnon and the Parkers.
Hill was brought from his prison cell in Tennessee to testify at Gagnon’s post conviction relief hearing; however, after he took the stand he refused to testify.
A search of the Horry County Public Index shows a number of arrests including convictions in the Conway Municipal Court for trespassing; possession of marijuana, less than 10 grams; open container; and driving too fast for conditions.
His most serious charge was for assault with intent to kill. He pleaded guilty in Horry County court in September of 2002 and was sentenced to six years in jail, suspended to six months and two years of probation.
In July of 2010, he was found guilty in a bench trial by Hendrick of simple assault and was sentenced to time served, according to the public index.
The public index shows Moore with an address on Boundary Street and before that on Dirty Branch Road.