CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied in a bizarre and brief bond court hearing in which the lawyers were absent for the four people accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering a Charleston sailor in 1992.
In fact, prosecutors and representatives from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were also missing from the hearing that started almost 30 minutes early.
The hearing started shortly after 2:30 p.m. with only a television photographer and a security guard in the courtroom. In that hearing Thomas Solheim, Charles Welty, Orval Emery and Konnie Glidden were charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of James Horton.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office will have to charge the four with murder because that's where the four allegedly killed Horton, said Maj. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Horton's mother believes he was killed for witnessing one of the suspects, his superior officer on the ship, having sex with another man.
The manhunt for the suspects spanned several states and nearly 18 years.
The four suspects are currently lodged at the Charleston County Detention Center.