4th suspect arrested in 2010 McClellanville murder

Charleston County deputies say a fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with a 2010 home invasion that left two people dead.

King Conyers, 30, of Lexington, SC, was arrested Wednesday evening in Columbia by U.S. Marshals. Conyers has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and first degree murder.

Conyers arrest comes four days after Jeremiah Belton, 40, of North Charleston, was arrested and charged with the same crimes.

According to affidavits, Conyers and Belton, along with Troy Mason and Mario Caldwell, were involved in a home invasion at a home on Old Georgetown Road in McClellanville on July 10, 2010 around 4 a.m. Investigators say the suspects broke down the door of the home and claimed to be FBI agents, before gunfire broke out.

Deputies say they arrived at the home to find Curtis Delaney lying dead outside the front door of the home, and the homeowner, Melvin Simmons, dead in a bedroom from a gunshot wound.

Authorities say Mason was shot several times during the incident, and his blood was found at the scene. He was arrested in August 2010, and implicated Mario Caldwell as one of the men who helped plan and execute the robbery.

On May 15, 2014, investigators say Caldwell confessed to his involvement in the home invasion, and named Belton and Conyers as participants in the incident. He plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Affidavits state Belton acted "in concert with others to shoot the victim, Melvin Simmons Jr., causing fatal gunshot wounds that resulted in his death."

"It's been a long, hard ongoing thing you know. We've been in turmoil from the beginning," the victim's father Melvin Simmons Sr. said.

A murder charge is still pending for Mason. A magistrate denied bond for Belton on the murder charge this morning. Only a circuit judge can set bond for murder.

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