GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The man who faces charges in the death of a Goose Creek man whose body was found badly burned was arrested after police responded to a reported disturbance in Missouri.
Shannon Smith, will be charged with one count of murder in the death of Michael Mullikin and one count of grand larceny, according to Goose Creek Assistant Police Chief John Grainger.
Missouri court records state Smith refused to sign an extradition order on March 3. Goose Creek Police said they were waiting to serve Smith with the warrants when he is extradited from Missouri, Grainger said.
An extradition hearing has been scheduled for March 27, Missouri court documents state.
Police in Missouri responded at 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 28 to a report of a disturbance that involved a woman and two men arguing, according to St. Peters Police Ofc. Melissa Doss. When officers arrived, they spoke with a woman, identified as Julie Hubbard, but the men had left the scene, Doss said. Police say they were then contacted by an employee of a nearby shoe store about two men who were acting suspiciously.
Police took Smith into custody on an unrelated warrant in North Carolina and then received word the vehicle the three had been occupying was connected to a homicide in Goose Creek, Doss said.
Hubbard and the man with Smith, identified as Alexander Kehoe, were charged in St. Charles County with tampering with a motor vehicle, Doss said.
At last check, Smith remained in custody in Missouri.
Goose Creek Police responded to Mullikin's home on Madeline Drive on Feb. 27, the day before Smith was arrested in Missouri, when Mullkin's daughter asked them to check on her father.
Officers found the home secure with no signs of forced entry, an incident report states. The resident's daughter told police she had a key to the home, but that her father often changed locks frequently because he has people renting a room from him and then moving out. Her key opened one lock on the front door, but not a second, and she gave police permission to force their way in, the report states.
Police discovered a badly-burned body, later identified as Mullikin, in a barrel in the backyard of the property.
When Mullikin's daughter walked through the home with police, she told them a television and Xbox were missing, investigators said.
Court documents state Smith picked up Hubbard and Kehoe at the Summerville Walmart at approximately 11:30 p.m. that same night.
Both Hubbard and Kehoe told investigators Smith sold a television set to a man at a Summerville motel, the affidavit states. Investigators say Smith told his passengers the vehicle was his own that he had leased, but later told Missouri authorities it belonged to Mullikin and that he was driving it with Mullikin's permission.
Goose Creek Police issued a warrant for grand larceny against Smith on March 9.
Police issued a murder warrant against Smith on Thursday after SLED forensic investigators matched a bloody fingerprint at Mullikin's home to Smith.
That bloody fingerprint was found on the door frame of the home and blood found inside the home was matched to Mullikin, the affidavit states.
Investigators found blood on an ashtray on a living room end table inside the home, the affidavit states.
The Berkeley County Coroner's Office used DNA to identify Mullikin's body, which had been burned beyond recognition, according to Coroner Bill Salisbury.