Beaufort News

Sheriff's Office: Slain man had warrant for stalking

A man found shot to death along with his slain girlfriend May 11 in a ditch in Hardeeville was being sought on a charge of stalking an ex-girlfriend, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Dezmond Brown, 25, of Hardeeville was wanted up until his death for allegedly sending threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend who lives on Hilton Head Island, including texting her a picture of a gun, saying he had been watching her at work and would come to kill her there, according to Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

Deputies obtained a warrant for stalking April 20 and called Jasper County Dispatch that day to attempt to contact Brown at his last known addresses in Hardeeville, but he was not found, McIntosh said.

Brown and his girlfriend Octavia Scott, 26, of Bluffton were found dead of gunshot wounds on Purrysburg Road, and both had "criminal histories," according to Hardeeville Police Chief Richard Nagy. Scott had been charged with shooting a man in the leg in Bluffton in 2009.

Investigators have been looking into those "building factors," but "whether it has a bearing on this, we don't know at this point," Nagy said. They also have not determined whether the couple were killed in a wrecked vehicle near where their bodies were found or outside of the vehicle.

Hardeeville police also have not named a suspect or described a motive, but Nagy said the investigation is progressing. Evidence from the scene is being processed, he said.

"You get some cases where you hit a wall," Nagy said. "This is not that kind of case."