Man accused of killing Charleston sailor behind bars

Thomas Solheim
Thomas Solheim

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - By Sheldon Dutes  bio | email | Twitter   

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The fourth suspect in the 1992 murder of a Charleston based sailor will remain behind bars until his next court appearance.

Thomas Solheim of Montauk, New York was extradited to Moncks Corner Monday night to face a murder charge in connection to the 1992 death of James Horton.

With the help of an escort, Solheim was escorted into the courtroom for his bond hearing in handcuffs and a bandage on his head.

On Tuesday, a Berkeley County Magistrate did not set bond for Solheim.

Because Solheim faces a murder charge, only a circuit judge can set or deny bond. In the mean time, Solheim will be held at the Berkeley County Detention Center until his next court date, which has been scheduled for October 15.

Tuesday's hearing marked the fourth time this summer that Karen Coy waited to find out the fate of a suspect in her brother's murder.

"It's like it has started all over again so it's bringing a lot of stuff back, and it's hard," Coy said.

Despite the old wounds that have resurfaced, Coy said she is happy with the Magistrate's decision.

"I'm glad that he's behind bars and that he's going to be there for a while. He's not going to be running free," Coy said.

Solheim's attorney, Breen Stevens of the Savage & Save Law Firm, said his client has "many medical needs" and requested he receive care behind bars. However, Stevens did not elaborate on what those medical needs are.

Solheim is one of four suspects charged with murder in the 1992 of James Horton. The Charleston based sailor was found in a watery ditch and died from a gun shot wound to the chest, according to court documents.

One suspect came from Montana, another from New Jersey and the third, Connie Glidden, was arrested in Goose Creek.

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