Man gets 30 years for murder at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a murder at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Dennis Elvin Cervantes-Pavon was convicted of the August 2014 murder of 28-year-old  Raymond Muniz.

Authorities say the stabbing happened inside the Belk department store on 1218 Belk Drive.

According to police, Cervantes-Pavon and Muniz were construction workers from Richmond, Va. who were working on renovations in the store when an altercation between the two led to the stabbing.

Prosecutors say the whole thing started 7 to 10 days prior to the murder when both men got into an argument over a broom and shovel.

According to authorities, since that time, there had been bad blood between them which came to a head on Aug. 13, 2014 when both men were working at the Belk department store and had been bickering and arguing throughout the day.

A witness said just before quitting time, Cervantes-Pavon picked up a sprinkler pipe and approached the victim who picked up a hammer to defend himself; authorities say the two men did not come to blows at this time.

Prosecutors say Cervantes-Pavon returned to his work area, removed a keyhole saw from his tool belt and covered it with his shirt.

Cervantes-Pavon then picked up a sprinkler pipe again and approached the victim in a threatening manner.

The victim picked up a piece of metal framing to defend himself and was able to fend off a couple of blows from Cervantes-Pavon. According to authorities, both men ended up dropping their weapons and locked up in a face to face confrontation.

Authorities say during this confrontation, Cervantes-Pavon removed the keyhole saw from his waistband and stabbed the victim in the chest, through his heart.

An incident report states several witnesses saw Cervantes-Pavon running through the parking lot towards Venning Road on Hungry Neck Blvd.

Muniz was found lying on the grass next to Belk on Hungry Neck Blvd bleeding form the chest.

Several construction workers surrounded the unresponsive victim and applied pressure to the wound.

Court records state numerous co-workers identified Cervantes-Pavon through in-store surveillance footage from Belk.

Cervantes-Pavon was located on the Isle of Palms and transported back to Mount Pleasant.

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