UNION COUNTY — Three men charged in the stabbing death of a Union man have been granted bond because of evidence suggesting that they may not have actually stabbed the victim.
Sixteenth Circuit Deputy Solicitor John C. Anthony announced Tuesday that Michael Anthony Wynn, James Hampton III, and Marcos Antonio Ramirez have each been granted a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. The consent bond order was signed by John John C. Hayes of York on Sept. 23.
Each order states that the state consented to the bond order “because the evidence gathered from the investigation indicates that another co-defendant, not the defendant himself, stabbed the victim. Thus, the defendant could be held criminally responsible only under a theory of accomplice liability, commonly known as the hand of one is the hand of all. At present, however, state lacks substantial evidence indicating the defendant participated in the incident with the intent of assisting in the malicious killing of the victim. The state would have to present such evidence to prosecute the defendant for murder under an accomplice liability theory.”
The orders also state that, “in consideration for the state’s consent, the defendant agrees that he will have no contact with the victim’s family and that he will be of good behavior.” Each defendant is also required to be present on Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. in General Sessions Court in Union County and subsequent terms of court as required by the solicitor.
Even though they’ve been granted bond, the orders state that the charges against each defendant will remain pending as the state continues its investigation of the incident involving them. The defendants are also required to refrain from seeking a preliminary hearing. At the same time the state agrees not to submit the charge to the Grand Jury until the defendant has an opportunity for a preliminary hearing.
Wynn, Hampton, and Ramirez were released on bond on Tuesday.
Anthony would not comment further about the consent bond order or any other aspect of the case.
Wynn, 21, 911 Beltline Road, Union; Hampton, 28, 1207 W. Main St., Union; and Ramirez, 22, 5018 Cross Keys Highway, Union are among six people charged in connection with the May 11 stabbing death of Ryan O. Allen.
Also charged in the incident are Landon Blaine Turner, 25, 102 Spring St., Union; Kenneth Wayne Wynn, 20, 127 Grant Road, Union; and Tillia Dawn Wynn, 41, 127 Grant Road, Union.
Tillia Wynn has previously been released on bond while Kenneth Wynn and Turner both remain in custody.
Turner, Ramirez, Kenneth Wynn, and Michael Wynn are charged with murder in connection with Allen’s death while Hampton and Tillia Wynn are charged with accessory to murder.
The warrants for Turner, Ramirez, Kenneth Wynn, and Michael Wynn, state that they stabbed Allen causing his death. The warrant for Tillia Wynn’s arrest states she transported her son, Kenneth Wynn, out of South Carolina to Virginia and concealed his identity after she learned he’d committed a felony. The warrant for Hampton’s arrest states he went to the incident scene“with prior knowledge of a crime to be committed and provoked the situation which resulted in murder. It further states he left the scene without attempting to aid the victims and intended to withhold his knowledge of the incident from investigators.
The incident took place the night of May 11 in the 200 block of Arthur Street in the Monarch community. Deputies were dispatched to the scene and while en route were informed that knives were involved and that two of the victims — Lorenzo Mandrell Glenn and Brian Young — had shown up at Wallace Thomson Hospital. They were also informed that the third victim — Allen — was being treated at the scene by Union County EMS personnel. Allen would be transported later that night to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m.
In a May 16 press conference announcing the arrests in the case, Sheriff David Taylor said Allen and the two men wounded in the incident were not the intended targets of the suspects. Taylor said the suspects, who he described as having worked in coordination with each other, went to the party that was taking place at the incident scene to fight. He said the fight escalated to involving the knives that were used to stab Allen and the other two victims as well as a shovel and a skateboard which also appeared to have been used as weapons.
Taylor said Allen was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and had been trying to break up the fight.
While he declined to identify the intended target, Taylor did say that investigators had been in contact with the individual. He also declined to give any details about the motive for the attack, but did say it was not drug-related.
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