NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The case against two suspects involved in a shootout that left three people dead at a North Charleston motorcycle shop in June will move to trial.
Separate attorneys representing 43-year-old Ronald Reid and 32-year-old Barry Stinson participated in a preliminary hearing Thursday morning.
Reid is charged with first-degree murder for the June 29 shooting at Cycle Gear, located at 4400 Dorchester Road. Stinson faces a charge of second-degree assault by mob in connection with the fight.
Magistrate James Gosnell ordered that both cases go to trial. Additionally, he ordered for Stinson's bond to be reduced from $500,000 to $100,000.
A third suspect involved in the shooting, 49-year-old Derryl Gadson, is also charged with second-degree assault by mob. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
North Charleston Police Department investigators say Reid shot and killed 41-year-old Maurice Lamark Horry during a melee outside the shop between two rival motorcycle clubs, the Columbia-based Real Kingz and the Wheels of Soul.
Police say Horry was being attacked by a number of men inside the store, so he ran out to his motorcycle in the parking lot and grabbed his gun from under the seat. Police say witnesses told them Horry pointed his gun at a large group of men assembled outside and ordered them to back away.
Investigators say Reid then shot Horry, but Reid's attorneys say that is not the case. According to them, witnesses say Horry shot first, and struck Reid. Attorneys argue that Reid, who has a concealed weapons permit, was acting in self-defense when he returned fire.
Reid's attorneys also argue he was not part of the initial confrontation inside the store which prompted the fracas, and had only just arrived at the parking lot when Horry began firing shots. Reid's attorneys say he was attending a fundraising cookout at Norton & Son's Auto-Detailing Shop across the street just before accompanying his friend, 36-year-old Summerville man Theodore Waymeyers Jr. to go purchase a helmet.
Waymeyers Jr., along with 39-year-old Carols Davis, of Columbia, were also killed in the shootout.
According to Reid's attorneys, Davis and Waymeyers died from gunshots fired by Horry.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Reid's attorneys filed a motion for bond on August 14. Reid has been held at the Charleston County Detention Center since being charged over a month ago.