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Oates Area Homicide Investigation Update
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Oates Area Homicide Investigation Update

Sheriff Tony Chavis
April 19, 2020

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. – Sheriff Tony Chavis has announced the arrest of three individuals for their involvement in the armed robbery and murder of Willie Jackson on April 9th at a residence on Old Timers Court in the Oates community.  Investigators continue to search for a fourth suspect.

According to Sheriff Chavis, Investigators have arrested Tyneshia Jhane Price, 25, of Hartsville, Devon Demarco Rembert, 19, of Hartsville and Nelson Hawkins, 51, of Darlington.  Price and Rembert are charged with murder and armed robbery. Rembert also has two other pending charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for the April 2018 murder of a Lamar man.  Rembert was released on bond on March 12, 2020 for those charges. Hawkins is charged with accessory before the fact to a felony.  

Investigators continue to search for Jelonta Chavon Bacote, 27, of Darlington who is wanted for murder and armed robbery.   

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Bacote, you are asked to contact Darlington County Sheriff’s Investigators at(843)398-4920, 911 or Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC or visit www.p3tips.com.  You can also submit tips through our mobile app; text “DCSO” to 95577 for a link to download. You do not have to reveal your identity to leave information.  

Jelonta Chavon Bacote
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