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Accused Elvington killer faces federal charges

Mary Ann Elvington


     Federal charges have been filed for the Marion man already accused in the murder and kidnapping of Mary Ann Elvington, an elderly Horry County woman taken from her home and killed in late March.

     A federal grand jury in Columbia returned a three indictment charging Dominique Devonah Brand, 29, of Marion, with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime resulting in death of a person in such a manner to constitute murder, Acting U.S. Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced in a news release Wednesday.

     Brand could be sentenced to a maximum of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the counts.

     Elvington’s ordeal began at her Nichols area home in western Horry County on March 28, extended well into Columbus and Marion counties, before she was shot and killed, newly released details contained in the news release said.

     Brand, in the indictment, is accused of entering Elvington’s home on March 28, forcing her to drive him in her 2012 Buick Lacrosse to Lake Waccamaw, then back to Lakeview.

     In Lakeview, the indictment said, Brand forced Elvington into the back seat of the vehicle and drove away, and a short time later “shot and killed Elvington behind an abandoned grocery store at Zion Crossroads in Marion County.

     “Brand then drove the vehicle to a wooded area behind a nightclub in Marion,” where he abandoned it, the news release said.

     Arraignment for Brand will take place before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Florence in the coming weeks, the news release said. Brand remains in custody on related state charges, including murder, in Marion County.

     “While the indictment in this specific case speaks for itself, brazen violence, particularly against the elderly, will always be met with a strong, unified effort by law enforcement to bring the victims justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart. “We will never waver in our work to stop violent crime in South Carolina.”

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