MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police have charged a Greenville man with murder in connection with Thursday’s shooting at the Waterpark Hotel.
According to the Myrtle Beach Police Department, 33-year-old Jeffrey Seth Eckard faces a murder count stemming from the March 25 homicide.
In addition to the murder charge, Eckard is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule IV substance, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, and simple possession of marijuana.
Master Cpl. Tom Vest, MBPD spokesperson, said bond was denied Sunday afternoon on all charges.
The arrest stems from an investigation that first started when officers were called to a shooting early Thursday morning at the Waterpark Hotel along South Ocean Boulevard. Officers found 43-year-old Jermaine Stewart inside a room. He later died.
Police said the room contained large amounts of drugs.
After following leads from the investigation, detectives identified another scene at the Motel 6 on Frontage Road East, where more evidence was found.
That evidence led officers to the Bermuda Sands Motel on North Ocean Boulevard.
Another person was found at that scene with a gunshot wound. That person is expected to OK.
Also, at the Bermuda Sands Motel scene, officers found another large quantity of drugs and took six adults, including Eckard, and two juveniles into custody.
Police identified five of the adults on Friday.