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    Jerome Jenkins, Jr. - South Carolina Death Row


    Bala Gopal Paruchuri, 40


    Trisha Stull, 30





    Three men accused with murdering two Sunhouse clerks remain in jail after court appearance

    Family members of a convenience store clerk killed last month told an Horry County Magistrate Court judge that the three men accused in her shooting death should not be allowed to see daylight again during their first court appearance Saturday afternoon.

    I hope they rot in [expletive], said Samantha Stull, sister of 30-year-old Trisha Stull. Trisha Stull was shot and killed at the Sunhouse convenience store on Oak Street in Conway on Jan. 24.

    Brothers McKinley Daniels, 33, of Loris, James Daniels, 27, of Nichols, and Jerome Jenkins, 20, of Finklea, each are charged with two counts of murder, three counts of armed robbery, three counts of using a firearm during a violent crime, and one count of attempted murder.

    Judge Margie B. Livingston told the three men bond could not be issued on murder charges at a magistrate court. A Circuit Court judge will set bond at a future hearing.

    This is a first appearance hearing, she said. Based on the nature of the offenses that are before this court, I am going to deny bond at this point. ... Emotions are high at this time and accusations have been made, but

    I am not here to determine guilt or innocence at this time.

    Trisha Stulls family members told Livingston the entire family, including Trisha Stulls 11-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, hope that the three men accused in her death remain in jail.

    For people that do these types of crimes like this, it has got to stop, said Richard Stull, Trisha Stulls father. I dont want these people to ever see daylight again if they dont get what I really want them to get.

    Family members told Livingston that Trisha Stull was engaged to the half-brother of McKinley and James Daniels.

    McKinley Daniels told Livingston that he knew Trisha Stull and would not have hurt her.

    If I went into that store to rob that store and I saw that girl, I would not have robbed that store, he said. I knew that girl. Her fiance and I have the same father. ... They got the wrong people.

    Sherry Stull, Trisha Stulls mother, said Jenkins is the one who shot and killed her daughter in the store.

    She gave him all the money, cigarettes, everything, she said. So did Bala [Paruchuri]. There was no reason [to kill them]. Just senseless.

    Paruchuri was killed during a Jan. 2 armed robbery at the Sunhouse convenience store on Highway 905 in Longs.

    Jenkins denied any involvement during the court appearance Saturday.

    I just want to tell the family I apologize, he said. I didnt do it, but I knew about it.

    All three men said they have children on the way. Jenkins said he has two children and his fiance is expecting a baby. James Daniels said he has a 4-year-old daughter and his girlfriend is pregnant. McKinley Daniels said he has two children on the way. All said they have family ties in the area.

    Police announced the arrests in a press conference Friday, and said the captures were the result of work by a task force of officers from various departments. The charges stem from incidents at three convenience stores last month.

    McKinley Daniels was arrested on Monday in connection with a different incident. Records from the State Law Enforcement Division indicate that McKinley Daniels was charged on Monday with possession of a stolen vehicle and five misdemeanor charges, including failure to stop for blue lights. His bail for those charges is $11,277.50.

    The circumstances of Mondays vehicle stop were not detailed.

    Horry County police spokesman Lt. Raul Denis said officers received a lead that led them to a home in Loris where a person of interest was arrested.

    Police said evidence found at the home connects the person to the death of Paruchuri; the armed robbery of the Scotchman convenience store on Lake Arrowhead Road; and the slaying of Trisha Stull. Dennis would not say how the evidence links the person to the crime.

    Denis said police arent sure if the suspects are connected to any other recent area robberies at least 75 have been reported since October but stated the public should now feel safe walking into a convenience store.

    Paruchuri was gunned down while the suspects were leaving the store after demanding money out of the register. Surveillance video shows Paruchuri putting his hands in the air and cooperating with the robbers when he was shot multiple times, police said.

    Trisha Stull had only worked at the Sunhouse store for a few weeks before she was shot twice; she hit the stores panic button to silently alert police something was wrong inside the business, police said.

    Denis said Friday police could not give more details about the investigation because its ongoing. He would not say whether additional arrests related to the crimes are likely.

    Both McKinley and James Daniels have prior felony convictions, according to SLED records. McKinley Daniels was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 for three felony charges, including kidnapping and strong arm robbery, according to SLED records.

    James Daniels criminal history includes a sentence of five years in prison in 2005 for convictions on the same three felony charges as McKinley Daniels. In 2009, he was sentenced to 261 days in jail for possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to SLED records.

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    Police thank Best Buy GM, Geek Squad for 'integral part' in Sunhouse fatal robberies arrests

    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Three men were arrested following three armed robbery sprees, two of which were fatal. The arrests made as the result of a joint effort involving a big screen TV at a Myrtle Beach electronics store.

    Thrill to Kill: Inside the minds of the killers in two deadly robberies


    A big screen television was loaned to the Horry County Police Department to assist in the Sunhouse fatal armed robberies investigation.

    Detective Ryan Seipt with the Major Crimes Unit of the HCPD thanked Best Buy general manager and the Geek Squad in Myrtle Beach.

    After Seipt said he inquired about using the big screen to help in the investigation, “You cleared out employees in their rest area and even had the Geek Squad help set the television up,” he writes to General Manager Stan Kilp.

    “Detectives were able to notice things that we previously could not, and it ultimately led to identifying several things that helped solve this case,” Seipt wrote.

    McKinley Daniels, 33, of Loris, James Daniels, 27, of Nichols, and Jerome Jenkins, 20, of Loris were each charged with two counts of murder, three counts of armed robbery, three counts of using a firearm during a violent crime, and one count of attempted murder, for the deadly convenience store robberies.

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    Solicitor seeks death penalty in Sunhouse murder cases

    By Jo Brown
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    CONWAY, SC – Solicitor Jimmy Richardson says his office will seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing two convenience store clerks in separate robberies in January 2015.

    Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson announced Tuesday he served notice of intent to seek the death penalty against McKinley Lee Daniels, 34, of Loris. Daniels is charged with two other men in connection with the separate fatal shootings of two Horry County convenience store clerks last year.

    Notice that Richardson plans to seek the death penalty was served Tuesday to Daniels and his attorneys, James Galmore and Bill McGuire.

    Certified copies of two warrants charging Daniels with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Bala Paruchuri and Trisha Stull were served Tuesday, Richardson said. Paruchuri was fatally shot Jan. 2, 2015, and Stull was fatally shot Jan. 25, 2015, during separate robberies of two convenience stores in Horry County.

    In Paruchuri and Stull’s deaths, Daniels is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

    Daniels is also charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with an unrelated incident Jan. 25, 2015, at another convenience store located in the Lake Arrowhead area of North Myrtle Beach.

    The two other men charged along with Daniels are Jerome Jenkins Jr., 21, of Loris and James Elbert Daniels Jr., 28, of Nichols.

    Last week, Richardson filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty to Jenkins, also on two counts of murder in Paruchuri and Stull’s deaths.

    James Daniels has not been served a notice to seek the death penalty, Richardson said. All suspected killers remain in jail.

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    Foiled escape plot prompted Sunhouse robbery, murder suspects' transfer to maximum-security prison

    By Elizabeth Townsend
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    McKinley Daniels, James Daniels, and Jerome Jenkins — the three charged in connection with two armed robberies and deaths at convenience stores in January 2015 — tried to escape the J. Reuben Long Detention Center shortly after being captured for the crimes, The Sun News has learned.

    The three devised an escape plot that authorities said led to their relocation to a maximum security facility until they face trial.

    “We intercepted some correspondence that dealt with their escape plan and after that we did an investigation, and there was an informant inside the jail who was able to corroborate the plans,” said Tom Fox, J. Reuben Long Detention Center director.

    McKinley Daniels, 34, James Daniels, 28, and Jenkins, 21, are all charged with murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bala Paruchuri, 40, and Trisha Stull, 30, who were each killed in two separate Sunhouse store robberies in January 2015.

    Fox, who has been working at the county jail for nearly 17 years, said he can only recall two other instances where inmates were moved from the facility, with the last time involving a violent inmate who made multiple attacks on J. Reuben staff about seven years ago.

    “We take pride in how we operate our facility and the design of it, but sometimes you just have to seek out assistance,” Fox said.

    Additionally, Jenkins was involved in the “violent assault” of another J. Reuben Long inmate and allegedly stabbed the inmate with a pencil, Fox said. The inmate suffered only superficial puncture wounds, “but the nature [of the assault] and the fact that he used a weapon escalated the threat,” Fox said.

    The violent nature of the charges the three face was taken into account, along with their criminal histories, and the group was moved to Lee Correctional Institution, which is the largest maximum security facility in the state, Fox said.

    After the assault and rumors of the escape plot were investigated, the three faced a judge and an order was issued authorizing their relocation to the Lee Correctional Institution, authorities said.

    Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said the men likely won’t face any additional charges in connection with the alleged escape plot because the three already face serious charges.

    “It would be like we have a 150 years [sentence] plus five years,” Richardson said.

    He said it’s seldom that inmates are moved prior to trial for safekeeping.

    “I’ve never done that before,” said Richardson who has been with the solicitor’s office since 1998. “That degree of it was very rare.”

    Jenkins’ attorney, Ralph Wilson, said he didn’t know about the escape plot and said he objected to Jenkins being moved to the facility, which is about two hours away from him, making it difficult for him to get to his client. But a judge ordered that the men be transferred despite his objection.

    Neither of the other two defendants’ attorneys could be reached for comment on Friday afternoon.

    At the maximum security prison, the men are on a 23-hour-a-day lockdown and are unable to communicate with other inmates, Fox said.

    The trio is housed at the maximum security facility under the state’s “Safekeeper” program, which allows county jail officials to transfer inmates who are high escape risks, exhibit violate behavior, or should be removed for their own protection, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections website.

    Fox couldn’t elaborate on the details of their alleged escape plot, but said moving them decreases the potential for local people to aid their escape or harbor them.

    McKinley Daniels and James Daniels, who are brothers and Jenkins, who is their cousin, revealed they have family ties in the area at a Feb. 7, 2015, bond hearing before magistrate Judge Margie B. Livingston. At that hearing, bond was denied because it was held at the magistrate level and a circuit court judge must set bond for murder charges.

    The men each told the judge their significant others were expected to have children soon. Jenkins said he has two children and his fiance was expecting a baby. James Daniels said he has a 4-year-old daughter and his girlfriend was pregnant. McKinley Daniels said he had two children on the way.

    “We didn’t want to take the risks of them attempting to escape and being a risk to the community,” Fox said.

    Richardson’s office served a notice to seek the death penalty for McKinley Daniels and Jenkins recently and said the escape plan didn’t come into play when considering the maximum penalty for the two men, but said that information will come out at the trial.

    The solicitor’s office has not served notice to seek the death penalty in James Daniels’ case.

    The death penalty is being sought because the alleged crime spree involved two murders and three armed robberies, Richardson said.

    On Jan. 2, 2015, Paruchuri, 40, was shot and killed inside the Sunhouse store at 7406 S.C. 905. He was gunned down while the suspects were leaving the store after demanding money out of the register, police said.

    Surveillance video shows Paruchuri putting his hands in the air and cooperating before he was shot multiple times, authorities said.

    Stull, 30, had only worked at the Sunhouse store at 2697 Oak St. in Conway for a few weeks before she was shot twice. She had hit the store’s panic button to silently alert police something was wrong, police said.

    The mother of two was pronounced dead inside the store. At the trio’s Feb. 7, 2015 bond hearing, family members told the judge Stull was engaged to the half-brother of McKinley and James Daniels.

    McKinley Daniels told the judge that he knew Trisha Stull and would not have hurt her.

    Police later said that the robbery at the Scotchman on Jan. 25, 2015, and the robbery and Stull’s death at the Sunhouse store were connected and involved the same suspects.

    In the Scotchman store robbery, two men went into the business at 9 p.m. Jan. 25, 2015, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money, police said. The men wore hooded sweatshirts, and one had a dark cloth mask covering his face, while the other man had a white cloth mask over his face.

    No one was hurt during that robbery, according to authorities.

    Both McKinley and James Daniels have prior felony convictions according SLED records. McKinley Daniels was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 for three felony charges, including kidnapping and strong arm robbery, according to SLED records.

    James Daniels’ criminal history includes a sentence of five years in prison in 2005 for convictions on the same three felony charges as McKinley Daniels. In 2009, he was sentenced to 261 days in jail for possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to SLED records.

    The men will likely go to trial in about a year, Richardson said.

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    Solicitor's Office marches toward death penalty cases, but Department of Corrections can't carry them out if a jury sentences them to death

    By Kathy Ropp
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    A tentative date of October 2017 has been set for one of two Horry County defendants facing possible death penalty verdicts.

    At a status conference this past week, Deputy Solicitor Scott Hixson told Circuit Judge Robert E. Hood that he wants to try Jerome Jenkins and McKinley Daniels separately. He had hoped to try Jenkins in June of 2017 and Daniels in October, but that won’t be possible because defense attorney Bill McGuire expects to be tied up in June with a trial in another area.

    Hood agreed for Jenkins to be the first defendant to be tried in October. Daniels’ trial will follow three or four months after that.

    Hixson has already turned about 20,000 pages of information over to the defendants’ attorney as they take steps toward getting the case to trial.

    Hixson and McGuire agree it takes an inordinate amount of time and work to get a death penalty case to court, estimating it takes as many as 1,500 hours for cases where a defendant eventually enters a guilty plea and 1,800 or 1,900 for cases that go to trial.

    McKinley Lee Daniels, 35, of Loris, Jerome Jenkins, 22, of Loris and James Elbert Daniels, 28, of Nichols are charged with shooting 30-year-old Trisha Stull twice in the back of her head after she gave two masked men money during a robbery at the Sunhouse at the corner of Oak Street and Cultra Road in Conway and 40-year-old Bala Gopal Parachuri multiple times during a robbery at the Sunhouse near Longs.

    An intent to seek the death penalty has not been served on James Daniels.

    If Daniels and Jenkins are sentenced to death, unless something changes, the S.C. Department of Corrections cannot carry out their executions because they don’t have one of three drugs needed, according to Dexter Lee, director of the government affairs office for the Department of Corrections.

    Executing a defendant requires a three-drug protocol: the first anesthetizes the person, the second causes him or her to lose all muscle control and the third stops a person’s heart. It is the first drug that executioners all across the country are having trouble getting.

    Lee says several years ago the two major pharmaceutical companies that make the drug decided not to sell it to correctional institutions saying they didn’t create the drug for executions, so the supply is very limited.

    People who were sentenced to death before 1995 can chose to be executed in the electric chair, but anyone sentenced after 1995, and that would include Jenkins and Daniels if their sentences are death, have no other option but lethal injection.

    Lee says the DOC could use a gas chamber or a firing squad for executions, but that would be up to the S.C. Legislature, not their department, to decide.

    One S.C. Senator tried to get a bill passed promising anonymity to companies that sell the scarce drug to prisons, but it didn’t pass, according to Lee.

    At this point, the scarcity of the drug hasn’t been a terrible problem because there are no defendants who have exhausted all of their appeals and are awaiting execution. He thinks it will be about another two years before that happens.

    He thinks it won’t be until an execution can’t be carried out that the hands of legislators will be forced to do something.

    Solicitor Jimmy Richardson is determined to go forward with the death penalty cases, despite the problem with the drugs, a situation that he doesn’t think is insurmountable.

    “It’s a ploy to do away with the death penalty,” he said. “It’s an end around to do away with the death penalty.”

    Richardson thinks the campaign to stop the death penalty, if successful, will be only the first step in trying to ease sentences of all kinds heading next to life without parole and then to long sentences. He says death penalty opponents won’t be satisfied until jailers throw away their keys and let everybody out.

    He says prosecutors can either kowtow to the pressure from the opponents or they can follow the law, which he intends to do.

    “When it calls for it, we’re going to seek it,” he said.

    Richardson points out that seeking the death penalty is unusual in Horry County, and is not sought for everyone who kills someone – only when it is a particularly heinous crime when two or three people are killed.

    He called the death penalty the “ultimate penalty for the ultimate crime.”

    Despite the loud objections from death penalty opponents he believes there are many people who still support it.

    He also thinks that the problem with the drug will eventually be worked out and the DOC will go back to executing people.

    “We’re going to do as much as we can under the law,” Richardson said.

    Statistics gathered from the Death Penalty Information Center posted on the Justice 360 website, say executions nationwide are the lowest they’ve been since the 1970s.

    Nationwide 28 executions were carried out in 2015, the lowest since 1991.

    South Carolina has not had an execution since 2011 and only four new death sentences have been handed down since 2010.

    McKinely Lee Daniels is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. He is also charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with an unrelated incident Jan. 25, 2015, at another convenience store located in the Lake

    Arrowhead area of North Myrtle Beach, according to information provided by the Solicitor’s Office.

    James Elbert Daniels is charged with three counts of armed robbery, attempted murder, two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Horry County jail records.

    Jerome Jenkins is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, attempted murder and two counts of murder, according to Horry County jail records.

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    McKinley Daniels' life spared: Sunhouse murder suspect deemed mentally disabled

    By Katie Powell
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    One of the three defendants in the 2015 Sunhouse killings escaped the death penalty yesterday when Horry County Judge Robert Hood decided that is mentally disabled and by law cannot be given the death penalty in this case.

    McKinley Daniels, 36, of Loris still stands accused with two others in the 2015 killings of Trisha Stull and Bala Parachuri.

    Daniels attorney Bill McGuire presented 18 pieces of evidence from Daniels past that gave sufficient evidence that Daniels mental disabilities manifested long before his 18th birthday.

    Dr. Geoffrey McKee, a Medical University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina retired forensic psychologist, was the only witness in Wednesdays hearing.

    McKee reviewed McGuires evidence, which included school records from both Darlington and Horry County school districts. These records indicated that Daniels was referred to a school psychologist for evaluation in the first grade, and repeated the grade.

    Psychological testing showed significant deficits in intelligent functioning, abstract reasoning, judgment and problem solving. He also showed deficits in independent living schools, although not on quite as low of a scale, according to McKee.

    Over the course of elementary school, his intellectual ability was consistently at least three years behind the normal ability for his age, McKee said. He was placed in a learning-disabled classroom beginning around age 8, McKee confirmed.

    He was out of the regular educational track of the school, McKee said.

    According to McKee, Daniels was classified as educably mentally disabled, which is one level above profoundly and severely mentally disabled.

    Horry County School records also show that there was not a severe discrepancy between his ability and his achievement, meaning Daniels was making a good effort in school, but was not excelling.

    Scott Hixson of the Horry County Solicitors Office conferred with McKee, stating that McKees findings show that with Daniels mental capacity, he would be more likely a follower in a group situation, and not the ringleader.

    Hixson said that in terms of independent living skills, which Daniels scored slightly higher on than all other intellectual tests, they were told he had two separate occupations at some point. Despite this information, Hixson said they did not find any bank accounts, tax payments or a drivers license in Daniels name.

    Hixson told Judge Robert Hood they did not dispute any of McGuires findings and had verified they were all authentic, and testing was done properly.

    The facts are what they are, McGuire said. Its not a question of law.

    Judge Hood repeated that Daniels clearly began exhibiting intellectual issues well before he was 18, and that the state did its due diligence in verifying information.

    Theres no point in having World War III over this issue, Judge Hood said.

    Daniels is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. He is also charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with an unrelated incident Jan. 25, 2015, at another convenience store located in the Lake Arrowhead area of North Myrtle Beach, according to information provided by the Solicitors Office.

    Jerome Jenkins, 23, of Loris is still facing the death penalty for his part in the killings. He is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, attempted murder and two counts of murder, according to Horry County jail records.

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    Trial date set for one suspect in deadly convenience store robberies


    By WMBF News Staff

    HORRY COUNTY, SC – A trial date has been set for one of the three suspects charged in connection to three convenience store robberies in 2015, two of which were deadly.

    According to a court roster from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, James Daniels’ trial is expected to begin on August 27. Daniels, as well as McKinley Daniels and Jerome Jenkins, have each been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of armed robbery, three counts of using a firearm during a violent crime and one count of attempted murder.

    On January 2, 2015, 40-year-old Bala Gopal Paruchuri, a clerk at the Sunhouse store in Longs was shot and killed by suspects robbing the store, according to police. Surveillance video from the scene shows two masked men in hoodies.

    On January 25, 2015, 30-year-old Trisha Stull, another Sunhouse clerk, was shot and killed during another armed robbery, police say. Again, two masked men in hoodies are seen on the store's surveillance camera.

    The three men were also charged in connection with the armed robbery of the Scotchman store on Lake Arrowhead Road - also on January 25, 2015.

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    Convenience store double-murder suspect told police he didnt kill

    By Hannah Strong
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    James Daniels told police he may have committed conspiracy after the killing of two people in convenience stores, but didnt have a role in their deaths.

    A murder I didnt do no, Daniels said in a recorded interview with police after the January 2015 incidents.

    The statement was played in a pre-trial court proceeding on Wednesday in Conway. Lawyers argued as to whether the statements should be admissible. The judge decided to allow them.

    Daniels is set for trial next week on murder and armed robbery charges. He, along with McKinley Lee Daniels and Jerome Jenkins, are accused in the 2015 murder cases of Bala Paruchuri and Trisha Stull, both employees at Sunhouse convenience stores.

    On Jan. 2, 2015, Paruchuri, 40, was shot to death inside the Sunhouse store at 7406 S.C. 905. Stull later was killed at the Sunhouse store on Oak Street in Conway.

    Daniels said during a police interview that he didnt know what was going on at the time of the murders and armed robberies. He didnt go into the stores during the incidents, he said. Solicitor Scott Hixson detailed surveillance footage, saying the suspects switched clothing and shoes during the crimes. Hixson also portrayed Daniels as the getaway driver during the robberies.

    A detective on the stand Wednesday said Daniels statements were some of the most willing a suspect made during his years of law enforcement.

    Authorities said Daniels voluntarily went to a police precinct where he was interviewed following the incidents.

    Defense attorney Barbara Pratt argued some of the evidence shouldnt be used in next weeks trial. Daniels made some of the statements before officers read him his rights, she said.

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    By Kathy Ropp
    myhorry.com

    Prosecutors are hoping to send one of the defendants in the Sunhouse killings to jail for life without the possibility of parole, even though they believe his part in the crimes was limited to scouting out the locations and driving the car.

    James Elbert Daniels, 30, of Nichols is charged with the murder of 30-year-old Trisha Stull at the Sunhouse on Oak Street in the Conway area and with robbing Stull, and Barbara McDowell, the cashier at the Lake Arrowhead Scotchman store.

    Bala Parachuri was killed about three weeks earlier in January of 2015 during an armed robbery in which Newport cigarettes and money were taken. Although prosecutors say the pattern was the same in this incident, James Daniels is not being tried this week for this crime.

    Solicitor Jimmy Richardson told the heavily-female jury in his opening statement that there were three men who made up a well-oiled team, even gathering before a crime to talk about how to approach it.

    He said James Daniels was the groups scout. He went into the stores about 30 minutes before the others looking to see how many employees and customers were inside, how the cash register opened and more. Richardson said Daniels chatted with Trisha Stull and flirted with her a little before making a small purchase.

    Then he went back to the car and drove away. In the case of the Oak Street Sunhouse, he drove down to the area of Teddy Henrys auction while the robbery and murder were happening before he went back and picked up his accomplices and sped away.

    That was to avoid having anyone be able to identify the vehicle.

    Circuit Judge Robert E. Hood ruled Monday afternoon before the trial started Tuesday morning that the situation warranted a charge of the hand of one is the hand of all, which means a jury will be given the option of finding Daniels guilty of murder even if he wasnt the one who did the shooting.

    Daniels is also charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Lake Arrowhead Scotchman that happened only hours before the trio headed to the Sunhouse in Conway at the corner of Cultra Road and Oak Street where they are charged with shooting Stull after she gave two masked men money. They got away with a handful of Newport cigarettes, about $50 and a purse, according to Richardson.

    Late Tuesday, all of the parties involved agreed not to make forensic pathologist Lee Proctor return Wednesday. Proctor told the group that Stull had two gunshot wounds. One was minor, but the other went into the left side of her chest and through several victim organs, including her aorta. That was the fatal shot, he said.

    The parties all agreed to pass this information on to the jury adding that James Daniels is not accused of doing the shooting.

    Hood said that videos of the two incidents showed the same people in the same vehicle wearing the same clothes with the same things taken at each convenience store. Hood said the two incidents were glaringly similar, minus a homicide at Lake Arrowhead.

    Parachuri was working at the Scotchman on Red Bluff Road near Longs when he was shot multiple times. Again, Hood said, that the two homicides both involved three defendants, the same vehicle, the same murder weapon with the same items taken. He said the incidents followed the same pattern with a man going into the store about 30 minutes before the crimes, then leaving and driving around before heading back. All three locales are gas stations and all of the crimes occurred during the evening hours.

    Hood also agreed before the trial began to allow a statement that Daniels made to police to be introduced as evidence in the trial. In the statement, Hood said, Daniels acknowledged that he participated.

    However, he said he didnt know the killings were going to happen and all he did was drive.

    He also said in his statement that he knew the others had a gun and he saw them come out of the stores with cash.

    The others charged in connection with these cases are Daniels brother, McKinley Daniels, 37, of Loris and Jerome Jenkins, 24, of Loris. All three have been in jail since their arrests.

    Hood also agreed that three letters written by James Daniels to his brother while the two were in jail can be used as evidence in the trial, but a letter written from McKinley to James, found by a jailer in McKinleys pocket, could be used on only a limited basis in this trial.

    Prosecutor Scott Hixson said these letters, and six more, were confiscated by a suspicious jailer.

    Hixson said the purpose of the letters was to make sure the brothers had their stories straight.

    James Daniels told his brother in one of the letters that he had two jobs and was doing well before he went to jail. He wrote that he participated in the crimes to prove something to his brother.

    You know I always have your back, Hixson said James Daniels wrote.

    Only one sentence in McKinleys letter back to James will be allowed in this trial. Hixson said in that one sentence McKinley Daniels wrote that he knew there were no fingerprints left at the scenes because he took everything he touched.

    Barbara Pratt is James Daniels attorney.

    It was also pointed out Monday afternoon that James Daniels had previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping. The Horry County Public Index shows that Circuit Judge Edward Cottingham sentenced Daniels to five years in jail on Aug. 10, 2005. He was also give credit for nine months of time served.

    Barbara McDowell, the employee who was robbed in the Lake Arrowhead Scotchman, testified Tuesday morning that there had been several robberies around that time.

    It was quiet night, unusually quiet, and I was nervous, she said.

    She testified that she was in the middle of the store near the front window when she saw two men scrunched down outside. At first she thought it was kids playing, but the men, both wearing masks, came in with one going directly behind the counter and the other coming behind her and ushering her to the counter.

    She said she noticed only one gun that was being held at the back of her head.

    She opened the register and gave the men money, but told them she couldnt open the safe when they instructed her to.

    The men left with about $50 and a handful of cigarettes.

    She said one of the men told her if she didnt go to the register he would shoot her.

    In that robbery, there is no video of James Daniels scouting out the scene because police didnt collect the video as far back as 30 minutes because there was no homicide.

    Richardson assured the jury that although McKinley Daniels and Jerome Jenkins arent being tried this week that they will have their day in court.

    Dates for those trials havent been set, according to Richardson.

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    By Madeline Montgomery
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    Conway, SC (WPDE) The state and defense have rested their cases in the trial of James Daniels for two counts of armed robbery and one count of murder.

    Wednesday was the second day of the trial.

    Daniels is charged with armed robbery at a Scotchman in Myrtle Beach on January 25, 2015 and an armed robbery and the murder of Trisha Stull at a Conway Sunhouse.

    Today, the jury heard a recording of an interview with Horry County police and Daniels.

    In the interview, Daniels admits to being with his brother McKinley Daniels and Jerome Jenkins on January 2, 2015 at a Sunhouse where clerk Bala Paruchuri was killed.

    I wanted to say something but my brother said he would kill me and I know how he is," said Daniels in the audio recording presented to the jury.

    Daniels also admitted to driving McKinley Daniels and Jerome Jenkins to the Scotchman and Sunhouse on January 25, 2015.

    The only thing I heard were gunshots. I aint know that he actually shot the girl, said Daniels.

    A stipulation read in court by the judge said it is acknowledged by the prosecution and defense that Daniels did not fire the gun that killed Trisha Stull.

    Surveillence video was presented to the jury of Daniels going into Sunhouse around 30 minutes before Trisha Stull was killed. Daniels admitted in his recorded police interview that he had gone by the store. He also said he saw a cash register drawer and cigarettes being taken from the store by Jerome Jenkins and McKinley Daniels.

    The jury heard testimonies from several Horry County detectives, a state trooper, a hand writing specialist, and employees at J. Reuben Long.

    Evidence was brought up of clothes being found at a residence Daniels once listed as his address as matching clothing in surveillance video from the robberies. Defense attorney Barbara Pratt pointed out that there was no DNA evidence matching Daniels to the robberies or murder.

    The state and defense rested before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Daniels will not be testifying. The jury will begin deliberations Thursday morning.

    https://wpde.com/news/local/state-an...s-daniels-case
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