Niko Williams

Niko Juwan Williams, 23, of Murrells Inlet, is in custody and charged with Murder, Attempted Murder, and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime in connection to the shooting at Cook Out. Photo courtesy to Myrtle Beach Police.

A judge on Friday denied bond for a Murrells Inlet man charged with murder in connection to a deadly shooting at a Myrtle Beach Cook Out Friday morning.

Authorities arrested Niko Williams, 23, Friday morning, charging him with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Cook Out at 1800 N. Kings Highway around 1 a.m. Friday.
Detective Chris White said during the bond hearing that the two victims were trying to stop an argument in the parking lot of Cook Out when things became physical and Williams shot them, even though they were unarmed and did not pose a threat. Williams then fled the scene, White added.
Both victims were taken to the hospital, and one later died. 

Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden identified the deceased as Albert "AJ" Soles Jr. of Tabor City, North Carolina.

Myrtle Beach Municipal Judge Clifford Welsh denied bond on all charges because he wasn't allowed to set bond for the murder charge, which is up to the  circuit court.

Williams' initial appearance court date is set for Nov. 13 and his docket court date is Dec. 4. Both of those will take place at the Horry County Judicial Center.

MBPD is asking that anyone with information please come forward and contact the department at 843-918-1382 or by email at


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