2nd suspect in McClellanville murders surrenders to deputies

Shemikea Stokes (Source: CCSO)
Shemikea Stokes (Source: CCSO)
Troy Lawayne Mason (Source: CCSO)
Troy Lawayne Mason (Source: CCSO)

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) – The man deputies say was involved in the July murders of two mcClellanville people surrendered himself to deputies Wednesday. The announcement came from Charleston County deputies just a day after releasing his photo.

According to the affidavit, deputies allege Troy Lawayne Mason, 22, shot Melvin Simmons Jr. Using DNA evidence collected at the scene and from an unknown man being treated for gunshot wounds shortly after the shooting, investigators were able to link Mason to the scene of the shooting.

Charleston County deputies had already arrested and charged a McClellanville woman in connection to the home invasion that left two people dead.

According to Maj. John Clark, Shemikea Stokes was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocoaine with the intent to distribute. According to an affidavit, Stokes had about 11 grams of the drug on her at the time she was arrested.

Clark said the investigation has led authorities to believe the shooting was drug-related.

Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home invasion on Old Georgetown Road in McClellanville. The home invasion happened around 4:30 a.m. July 10.

"Once deputies got on the scene they found two victims. One was the home owner," said Major John Clark.

The owner of the home was 35-year-old Simmons. Police also found the suspect, Curtis Darnell Delaney, dead. Major John Clarke says it's possible the victim and suspect knew each other.

"We have recovered two weapons. We don't who had what. We suspect the home owner had a weapon," said Clark.

Police found one hand gun in the yard and another in Simmons' car.

"We are thinking there are a minimum of three suspects that entered this house. Two of them we are still looking for. We also think one is injured," Clarke said.

Stokes has not been charged with the shooting. She had a bond hearing late that evening.

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