Vance County teen charged with murder in deadly shooting near Myrtle Beach

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A North Carolina teen was charged with murder after a Myrtle Beach-area shooting Halloween weekend, according to police.

Leo Watkins, 17, of Henderson, was arrested Friday and charged with murder and criminal conspiracy.

He’s charged in connection with the shooting that killed Patrick Smith, 49, of Marshville, North Carolina, according to police.

Police were called to Shore Drive in Horry County, South Carolina, at 3 a.m. Oct. 30. They found Smith lying on the sidewalk injured. The police report said Smith was drunk but responsive and had a broken arm. The report also stated Smith said he was hit by a car and did not mention a gunshot wound.

Watkins is held in South Carolina without bond as of Monday afternoon.

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