Anijah Robert Yarnell

Anijah Robert Yarnell

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A judge last Thursday set bond for a 20-year-old Myrtle Beach area man charged in connection with a fatal shooting near Surfside Beach last month.

Anijah Yarnell appeared before Judge Steven H. John from J. Reuben Long Detention Center via video conference call. Yarnell is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the death of 33-year-old Michael Pennington III of the Myrtle Beach area on May 14.

While prosecutors said information suggests that Pennington intervened in a domestic dispute involving Yarnell's pregnant girlfriend, she told My Horry News on Monday that she was not there when the shooting took place.

“I was not present during the situation,” Remington Hargrove said.

After talking to witnesses, Yarnell’s lawyer Morgan Martin said the defense believes his client was defending himself the day the shooting occurred. He also told the judge the defense plans to file a Stand Your Ground motion.

Pennington died from a gunshot wound at a parking lot at Cross Gate Villas, authorities said.

A police report said officers were called to Cross Gate Boulevard around 9:45 p.m. An officer saw several people "hovering over" the victim, according to the report, and a female applied pressure to a gunshot wound.

Yarnell was located in the Myrtle Beach area.

At last week’s bond hearing, his attorney acknowledged the severity of the charges, but he said Yarnell does not have a criminal history.

Yarnell is a Carolina Forest High School graduate and previously worked at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store on the South Strand. His mother lives in Horry County.

Martin added his client is not a flight risk and does not pose a danger to the community if released on bail.

He said his mother told him that she has a job lined up for her son at a Bojangles'.

Martin said Yarnell can be a productive member of the community and earn money to help pay for his defense, and he feels his continued incarceration without bail isn’t justified under the Constitution.

John set a surety bond in the amount of $75,000. He ordered Yarnell to live with his mother if released on bond. Yarnell is to have no contact with the victim’s family or anyone classified as eyewitnesses in the case. He must remain on home detention except when at work, going to medical appointments, seeing his attorney or attending court.


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