HOLLY HILL, SC (WCSC) - Bond was automatically denied Thursday for the third suspect arrested in connection with a quadruple murder in 2015.
Robert Bailey, 37, was arrested in Eutawville on Tuesday, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
At his bond hearing Thursday, Bailey told the judge he is not a murderer.
"I'm not no murderer," Bailey said at the hearing. "I don't want to be labeled as a murderer. I would never hurt nobody. I'll say I may drink, and smoke or whatever, but this right here is totally wrong. You will see I am innocent. I'm still innocent until the time comes. I didn't do that."
The families of the victims nearly filled the pews on one side of the room completely. Sniffles could be heard coming from them as Bailey stood in the room.
The judge denied bond, saying that only a circuit judge could set bond in a murder case.
Authorities said Bailey was a person of interest in the beginning of this case, and they kept tabs on him.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell held a press conference on Thursday and announced the arrests of three men on murder charges in connection with the Holly Hill homicide.
Ravenell officially announced the arrest of 35-year-old Antly Scott, 27-year-old Derrick Coleman and 37-year-old Robert Bailey charged in the four deaths; sources close to the investigation revealed late Wednesday that Coleman and Scott were captured in Foley, Alabama.
Ravenell said all three men are from Orangeburg County.
The suspects will all be charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and firearms possession.
Investigators believe the men shot and killed Jerome Butler, 50; Krystal Hutto, 28; Shamekia Sanders, 17; and Tamara Perry, 14 during a robbery.
They also believe the incident was drug-related.
"The meeting we had with the family was very emotional," Ravenell said. "I just told them how amazing they were throughout this whole process losing young children, victims, senseless."
During Thursday's press conference, Ravenell held up funeral programs of the victims and called out the names of the deceased and the lone survivor, Dreamzz Nelson who was 8 years old at the time of the incident which happened on July 15, 2015.
"I held them up in this courtroom with a heavy heart, as a citizen of Orangeburg County, as the Sheriff of Orangeburg County, and as a father," he said.
He also held up three new photos, those of the men who authorities say committed the deadly crime.
He touted the dedication of his team for the more than 20,000 man hours spent on the case.
"Today…. I am happy to announce that with countless man hours, investigative hours, we traveled to many different states, many different institutions, correctional facilities, interviewing many people in this case. And today I can say we have arrested individuals" he said.
The investigation led authorities to discover Coleman and Scott in Alabama. Authorities said Coleman has ties there. Officials wouldn't say why they were there; the US Marshals Service assisted the Sheriff's Office in the arrest.
A press release stated the sheriff believes there may be people who have information on the shootings who are also facing charges.
"This investigation is far from over," he said. "I want everyone to understand that."
Coleman and Scott were arrested by US Marshals on OCSO warrants on Tuesday in Foley, Alabama.
"The process for their return to the Palmetto State will begin soon," OCSO officials said.
Bailey was taken in to custody on Tuesday.
OCSO officials said the case began on July 15, 2015 when investigators were called to a home just west of Holly Hill where the four deceased victims and surviving child were found shot.
"In October, Ravenell announced a task force had been formed that consisted of OCSO investigators, US Marshals, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the FBI," OCSO officials said."The task force netted multiple peripheral charges, including drug-related charges, along the way as they sought to find the killers of who had become known as the 'Holly Hill Four.'"
"I've kept these victims' pictures on a bulletin board in my office since that first week as a reminder not to forget them," Ravenell said after the press conference. "I hope somehow, some way, through these arrests they and their families know we that never forgot them."