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Deputies make arrest in 2010 homicide over weekend

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A third man was arrested over the weekend and charged with a pair of 2010 murders in McClellanville.

According to Charleston County deputies, Jeremiah Belton was charged with the murder of Melvin Simmons and Curtis Delaney. The first suspect, Troy Mason, was arrested and charged with murder not long after the incident.

An affidavit states Belton shot and killed the two men on July 10, 2010. When officers responded to the Old Georgetown Road home, they found Delaney dead outside the front door and Simmons inside his bedroom, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses reportedly told deputies that the fight started around 4 a.m. when several black men entered Simmons' home and yelled, "FBI, get on the ground!" Simmons' girlfriend and teenage daughter were home at the time of the shooting.

According to the affidavit, the suspects and victim opened fire and Simmons and Delaney were killed, but a trail of blood from the scene led deputies to believe at least one of the suspects had been wounded.

The same day Troy Mason showed up at the Trident Medical Center emergency room with several gunshot wounds, the affidavit states. His clothes were taken into evidence and sent to the State Law Enforcement Division. Documents show the blood on Mason's clothes was linked to the scene in McClellanville.

Two years later, Mason recorded a confession of his involvement and implicated Mario Caldwell. In the confession, Mason said he and Caldwell went to Simmons' home to rob the victim and was wounded in a gun battle with Simmons and Delaney. Mason said Caldwell dropped him off that the hospital and took the car involved in the robbery and burned it.

According to the affidavit, the car was found by deputies on July 11, 2010.

Back in 2010, police suggested it wasn't a random act of violence and drugs may have been the motive. Authorities said they found drugs inside the home and on Simmons' girlfriend, Shemikea Stokes. She was arrested back in July 2010 and charged with possession with the intent to deliver.

Simmons also had several prior convictions ranging from drug charges to aggravated assault and battery. 

On May 15, 2014, Caldwell confessed to being involved in the shooting and robbery and implicated King Conyers and Belton.

Belton is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center and will go through bond court on Monday.

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