‘Forensic development’ leads to arrest in 2011 Horry murder

Andre Wiley Davis



     A “forensic development” in a seven-year-old Green Sea area murder has resulted a murder warrant for a Chadbourn man.

     Andre Wiley Davis, 44, of Graham Street in Chadbourn was arrested by  the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and jailed at the Columbus County Detention Center nearly a month ago, on Dec. 14, 2017, jail records show.

     Davis is awaiting extradition to South Carolina on the warrant charging him in the January 2011 murder of Joseph David Williamson, who was 30.

     Williamson’s body was “bound and deceased” when it was discovered on the shoulder of the 6700 block of Norton Road on Jan. 9, 2011.

Despite the “best efforts” of investigators then, “leads were exhausted and the case went cold,” Horry County Police Department spokeswoman Krystal Dotson said Thursday.

     A recent “forensic development” breathed new life into the case, with Homicide Det. King Hemingway tasked with taking a new look at the crime, Dotson said in a news release. Other detectives and one of HCPD’s cold case groups conducted a “compressive review of the case,” resulting in the murder warrant for Davis, and his apprehension in Columbus County.

     Dotson said the HCPD is “committed to brining justice to the victims and their families.

     “We do not forget, and we do not give up.”

     Anyone with any information on a crime in Horry County can offer anonymous tips at the Crime Tip Hotline, 843-915-TIPS (8477) or at crimetips@horrycounty.org.

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