Former deputies charged after two women drowned in transport van bond out of jail

Former deputies charged after two women drowned in transport van bond out of jail
Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop appeared for a bond hearing Friday morning.

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A judge set bond Friday for the two Horry County Sheriff’s Office deputies who drove around a flood barrier resulting in the death of two mental health patients.

The deputies, Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop, were arrested Thursday. Flood is charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Bishop is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A judge set a surety bond of $10,000 on Bishop’s charges. A surety bond of $30,000 was set on Flood’s charges. A clerk at the Marion County Courthouse confirmed both men posted their bonds around 11 a.m. Friday.

Their next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Marion County Courthouse.

Nicolette Green’s family made a statement following the news of the deputies posting bail.

“The Green family is feeling less confident in the solicitor and we see a lack of tenacity to prosecute this case and hold those two individuals accountable," the statement says. “We feel like Solicitor Clements is going through the motions and not attacking this case with the vigor it warrants ... surely not with the same aggressiveness he has shown in the past with cases involving crimes against law enforcement officers. The Green family is proud to support law enforcement -- but the law is not above the law. Crimes were committed and there needs to be an aggressive pursuit of justice. We aren’t seeing that at all from the Solicitor’s office. We hope to see an immediate and positive change.”

The incident happened on Sept. 18, 2018, when Flood and Bishop were transporting Wendy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, NC, and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach, from a hospital in Horry County to medical facilities in Florence and Darlington.

Nicolette Green (left) and Wendy Newton drowned September 18, 2018 in the back of an Horry County Sheriff's Office transport van. (Source: Green and Newton families)
Nicolette Green (left) and Wendy Newton drowned September 18, 2018 in the back of an Horry County Sheriff's Office transport van. (Source: Green and Newton families)

RELATED STORY: Former SC deputies will face involuntary manslaughter charges after mental health patients drowned in transport van

Flood and Bishop were fired from the sheriff’s office on Oct. 24, 2018. A timeline of the case is below:

Copyright 2019 WMBF. All rights reserved.