Marquis Shawn Brown

Marquis Shawn Brown

A suspect in the July murder of a 42-year-old man in the Myrtle Beach area has been extradited to Horry County.

Marquis Shawn Brown, 28, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Mark Verhasselt.

“I’m innocent,” Brown said during a brief bond hearing Wednesday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. “I ain’t murder nobody.”

Magistrate Judge William N. Hutson told him that a circuit court will decide if bond is set on the murder charge.

Matthew Isiah Rivera, 30, has also been charged with murder in connection with the case. He was extradited to Horry County last year. Bond was set at $90,000.

Brown and Rivera were both arrested in their home state of North Carolina.

Around 6 a.m. on July 10, 2018, police responded to a location at Bovardia Place in reference to a reported assault, according to an incident report. 

Police found a male victim whose head was covered in blood with an apparent gunshot wound lying on the ground beside a vehicle. Authorities noticed what appeared to be shell casings from a handgun next to the victim. The vehicle had its front left and rear passenger doors open.

The complainant said he was walking through the parking lot on his way to work when he noticed the victim lying on the ground and called 911. 

A witness told police he was awoken by a "loud pop" around 12:30 a.m. Another witness reported hearing between four to six shots. A third witness said he heard six to seven sounds that sounded like shots.

Verhasselt was from Fayetteville, North Carolina, but lived in the Myrtle Beach area on and off for several years.

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