Beaufort man arrested in 2009 murder

info@islandpacket.comOctober 8, 2013 

A 26-year-old Beaufort man was charged Monday in connection with the 2009 shooting death of a Seabrook man.

Jeremy Levon Murphy was initially arrested in Jasper County on unrelated charges on Oct. 3, before being handed over to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

Murphy is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center pending a bond hearing, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Murphy was sought by deputies in the murder of 27-year-old Ronald Rodney Coleman, killed outside his Seabrook home June 22, 2009, according to Robin McIntosh, spokeswoman of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Officers originally had two suspects, who reportedly fled in a mid- to late-'90s four door Cadillac following what seemed to be a gun fight between the victim and two men. In Nov. 2011, the sheriff's office extradited a 36-year-old Florida man to Beaufort County after DNA evidence linked him to the murder. A DNA test matched the blood of Antonio Eugene Collins of Miami with bloodstains found at the crime scene

Collins was charged in the victim's murder Nov. 10, 2011. At the time, McIntosh said robbery was a possible motive in the killing.

Coleman's death came just a few weeks after his brother, Byron Coleman, was murdered in the Atlanta area.

According to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office press release, investigators continued to work on the case, seeking a warrant for Murphy's arrest after he was detained in Jasper County.

McIntosh said she would release additional information in a news release.

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