Bond denied for men charged in double murder of St. Stephen women

Published: Sep. 2, 2012 at 1:15 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2012 at 1:09 PM EDT
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Dana Woods and June Guerry were found dead earlier this week.
Dana Woods and June Guerry were found dead earlier this week.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Sunday evening for the two men charged in connection to the murder of two St. Stephen women, June Guerry and Dana Woods.

The two women were found dead in the Francis Marion Forest earlier this week.

According to the sheriff's office, 23-year-old Caleb Matlock and 22-year-old Arthur Chavis were charged with two counts of murder after their arrest Saturday afternoon.

Court documents state Matlock told someone he and Chavis shot and killed them with a 9mm handgun.

Both Matlock and Chavis are being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, deputies said.

According to Berkeley County Sheriff's Office reports, Woods and Guerry didn't return home from a trip to get fast food last Sunday night. Woods' mother contacted authorities after her phone calls to her daughter went unanswered in the early morning hours Monday.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's office began searching two women Tuesday in the Francis Marion Forest in Cordesville after receiving a tip from a fisherman who stumbled upon a burned-out car.

Deputies found a woman's body 75 yards away from the car. An autopsy revealed the woman died of a gunshot wound. The Berkeley County coroner identified the body belonging to 18-year-old Dana Woods Wednesday afternoon.

After another whole day of searching the woods in the surrounding area Wednesday, deputies again responded to another tip 10 miles away in Alvin where another woman's body was located.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury confirmed the body as that of 22-year-old June Guerry within 24 hours.

According to authorities, a man was visiting a family grave off Greenwood Drive and saw a shirt in the trees. Authorities say the man walked further into a 10 to 15 feet deep dirt pit before discovering the body.

Woods' funeral was held Saturday and her friend June Guerry's funeral was held Sunday.

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