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Judge sets bond for men charged in connection to meth lab, huge apartment fire

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Pictured above are Shonni and Morgan Abernathy. Pictured above are Shonni and Morgan Abernathy.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- The father of a 19-year-old killed in a massive Goose Creek apartment fire that took place last week is currently in the custody of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Morgan Abernathy's father, 39-year-old Shonni Segrest Abernathy was arrested last night. Also arrested was Jerald Edward McCabe, 33. Both have been charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of exposing a child to methamphetamine manufacturing materials.  Both are also charged with violating their probation.  The two men have prior criminal records.

Samuel Garbe, 4, also died in the fire. Morgan Abernathy was babysitting the little boy, who is also her cousin, at the time.  First responders also recovered the body of 69-year-old Joseph Raeth.

On Wednesday, the judge set their bond at $370,000 each.  Detective Jason Potteiger told the judge he considered the two men to be a flight risk and danger to the community.  If both men make bond, the judge stated that they will be placed under house arrest and be required to wear a GPS for tracking purposes.

Witnesses at the scene of the Pine Harbour Apartments fire last week say they heard an explosion prior to the fire that killed three people and burned at least 16 apartment units.

There were rumors that the explosion began in a meth lab at the property, and due to those rumors, officials with the sheriff's office say they called in the help of SLED and the DEA.

The day after the fire, officials say an active meth lab was removed.

Morgan Abernathy was the girlfriend of Michael Still. According to an incident report, Still was seen running from apartment D-80 after the explosion neighbors say they heard. Officers say when they got to the fire, Still was being beaten by a large group of people.

Still was taken into custody, questioned and later released. He has not been charged with a crime.

Graphic 911 calls released on Wednesday tell a story of residents at the apartment complex worried about screaming in apartments above prior to knowledge of a fire. According to an incident report, witnesses said Morgan Abernathy could be heard screaming in the living room of the apartment where she was later found dead.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information in regards to the incident to please contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-723-3800 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

ABC News 4 has attempted on numerous occasions to seek comment from management at Pine Harbour Apartments. On Monday, a person who identified herself as a regional manager said they will "not be answering any questions or doing any interview, now or ever."

 





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