(WLTX) – The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department says two men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance and death of a West Columbia man.
Michael Gene Sulier, III, 26, has been charged with murder and Mark Christopher Hodges, 24, has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
Acccording to investigators, Sullier fatally shot 22-year-old Adam Berry between 9:38 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. on March 4. The arrest warrant says after Berry was killed, Sulier and Hodges drove Berry’s Mitsubishi Eclipse Sedan, with Berry’s body inside the vehicle, to Orangeburg County
Investigators say Sulier parked Berry’s car in a field on Monaco Lane near the City of North, where the it was intentionally set on fire with the intent of disposing of the vehicle and Berry’s body.
According to an arrest warrant, on the day of the murder, Hodges received a phone call from Sulier, who asked Hodges to drive him from Ballpark Road in Gaston to a convenience store. The warrant says Hodges later drove Sulier back to Ballpark Road.
Investigators say Sulier then drove the victim’s car to Monaco Lane. They say Hodges followed behind Sulier and drove him away after Sulier set Berry’s car and body on fire. The arrest warrant says Sulier then told Hodges he killed Berry.
Berry was reported missing by his family on March 4. His body was discovered on March 7. Hodges was arrested on Thursday and Sullier was arrested on Friday.
Sulier is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.Hodges is also being held at the detention center on a $150,000 bond.
Sheriff’s Department investigators, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and West Columbia Police Department worked together on the investigation.
The circumstances of the fatal shooting as well as the motive for the crime remain under investigation.