CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 67-year-old man charged with planning and carrying out the murder of a family member in Ridgeville with two other suspects was granted a $175,000 bond by a circuit court judge on Thursday.
Arrest warrant affidavits state Endsley "Bucky" Grooms, his wife 54-year-old Mary Todd Grooms, and her son, 37-year-old Sonny Jones, planned the "execution-style" murder of Jimmy Edwards, Mary Grooms' stepfather.
The murder took place at Edwards home at 374 Ridge Road around 11 p.m. on Feb. 1.
Endsley Grooms was granted a $175,000 bond. If he posts bond, he will be placed on house arrest.
Court documents state Sonny Jones snuck up behind Edwards, who was in the backyard of the home checking on his chickens, and shot him three times in the back of the head.
Jones then turned the weapon, a small-caliber handgun, over to Endsley Grooms to be destroyed, according to investigators. The suspects proceeded to cover up the crime by misleading the investigation, according to the affidavit.
Both Grooms' and Jones are charged with murder, and Jones is also facing charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.