Court Grants Bond to Former Deputy Coroner and Co-Defendant in Connection with Murder of Horry County Man

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Former deputy coroner, co-defendant granted bond in connection with murder of Horry County man

Former deputy coroner, co-defendant granted bond in connection with murder of Horry County man

CONWAY — Bond was granted Thursday afternoon to Chris Dontell and Meagan Jackson, the two charged in connection with the death of Gregory Vincent Rice.

Rice’s body was found Nov. 8 after being reported missing for more than a month.

Dontell and Jackson presently face charges of murder plus conspiracy, with released warrants stating the “defendant and others did conspire to kill the victim and the victim did die as a result of their actions.”

Jackson, the mother of Rice’s children, appeared before Judge Steven John and was given a $100,000 surety bond. He also ordered her to home detention and GPS monitoring.

“There will be no contact with the relatives of the victim in this matter, and further no contact with her co-defendant,” John said.

Horry County Solicitor Scott Hixson told the court that it was Jackson that first reported Rice missing to the authorities. He said that Jackson and Dontell were later interviewed by the Horry County Police Department multiple times.

“Ultimately those statements tended to be inconsistent with the facts that the county police have,” Hixson said.

Hixson also explained that Jackson and Rice were separated at the time and were in the process of working out contact and custody issues.

Dontell, a former Horry County deputy coroner, was granted a $150,000 surety bond, along with home detention and GPS monitoring.

He has been employed by the Coroner’s Office for two and a half years, according to officials.

Hixon explained that Dontell and Jackson met while Jackson worked as a subcontractor for the Coroner’s Office.

“During the course of this investigation, Ms. Jackson and well as Mr. Dontell did admit to having an affair during this period of time,” Hixon said.

Former deputy coroner, co-defendant granted bond in connection with murder of Horry County man
Chris Dontell, left, and Meagan Jackson, right, both appeared for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon. (Source: WMBF News)

Bond granted for former Horry deputy coroner, woman charged in missing man’s death

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The two suspects charged in connection with the death of a Horry County man who was reported missing last month appeared in court Thursday afternoon for a bond hearing.

Chris Dontell, 37, and Meagan Marie Jackson, 35, are each charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of Gregory Vincent Rice.

Rice, 46, was first reported missing on Oct. 5, 2020. He was believed to have been heard from last three days before, authorities said.

In the following days, multiple bloodhound searches were conducted, and search warrants served in an effort to locate Rice.

Rice’s body was later found along the Little Pee River near Pitts Landing off Highway 378 at the Horry/Marion County line on Nov. 8, Horry County police spokesperson Mikayla Moskov said.

A $100,000 surety bond was granted for Jackson. John ordered GPS monitoring and home detention, and she can only leave for employment, medical attention, court appearances and to meet with her attorney.

John also ordered her to have no contact with her children unless directly supervised by the Department of Social Services. That arrangement cannot be changed except by order of the court, he added.

During Dontell’s appearance, the prosecution stated that surveillance footage showed the defendant at a Lowes store pushing a shopping cart that had cement blocks, zip ties and a tarp inside of it.

Dontell first joined the Horry County Coroner’s Office in July 2018 but has since been fired. John also ordered that he return all issued property, such as a badge and a police radio, to the coroner’s office.

Woman accused in death of missing Horry County man facing child neglect charges

Former deputy coroner, co-defendant granted bond in connection with murder of Horry County man
Meagan Marie Jackson

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – One of the two suspects charged in connection to the death of a man who was reported missing last month now faces child neglect charges.

Meagan Marie Jackson, 35, is charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of a child, according to jail records.

Jackson, along with 37-year-old Chris Dontell, are charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of Gregory Vincent Rice.

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