MURDER SUSPECT UPDATE: McNeil arrested in Clarendon County

Assad Jamal McNeil, the 24-year-old Rembert man wanted on murder charges in connection with the September shooting death of a Sumter teenager, was arrested Wednesday night in Clarendon County.

Deputy Ken Bell, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, working with Sumter County law enforcement, placed McNeil in custody at a Clarendon County residence around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Although McNeil was not happy about being arrested, he surrendered without resisting,” Bell said, adding investigators were led to the suspect’s whereabouts by a tip they had received from the public.

“We want to thank the news media for helping us keep McNeil’s face out there,” said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis. “We also want to thank the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance in locating and arresting this dangerous individual. Both counties are a lot safer today because of this arrest.”

During the early morning hours of Sept. 8, 2016, deputies responded to a shooting incident at a residence in the 200 block of Apollo Street in Wedgefield and found the teenaged victim, 17-year-old Jaquell Dinkins, lying unresponsively in the front yard of the home, shot in the back. Dinkins was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators said they were able to finally develop their case to where they could issue a warrant for McNeil’s arrest last week.

In addition to the murder charge, McNeil also faces felony weapons for the September incident, and already had two outstanding bench warrants.

McNeil will be transferred to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, where he will await court hearings.  Because of the magnitude of the charges, McNeil will not be able to have a bond hearing until he can be scheduled to appear before a circuit court judge.

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