Lumpy’s owner charged with law office fire (New Details)

  • Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:52 am

Matt Kelly

The owner of Lumpy’s Bar and Grill — the same place a man was allegedly beat to death earlier this month — has been arrested on unrelated charges.
Matthew Donald Kelly, 40, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of unlawful use of a telephone. On Wednesday, he was additionally charged with burglary and arson in connection with the Jan. 13 fire that took place at the law office of Toni Pennington in Pawleys Island which is located in the same building as the Islander Bar.
“Kelly’s (burglary and arson) charges came about after supporting evidence showed him as being responsible for the” crime, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said.
On the day of the fire, the Midway Fire Department said it was suspicious in nature.
“When sheriff’s deputies arrived, Midway personnel advised sheriff’s deputies after the fire was extinguished they found the front door of the law firm forced open along with other evidence supporting arson,” Cuthbertson said.
The fire was isolated to the law firm.
Officials say it is unclear if the Islander or the law firm was the intended target.
Two other workers from Lumpy’s — Ronnie Gene Ackley Jr., 41, of Pawleys Island and Chris Brian Campbell, 37, of Lexington — remain in jail charged with murder. They are accused of the Feb. 9 beating death of Thomas Unrue Jr., 37. That incident took place in the parking lot of Lumpy’s .
The unlawful use of a telephone charge stems from a Feb. 18 altercation Kelly reportedly had with the female landlord of his business.
Kelly is accused of threatening the woman over the telephone. The woman’s husband, who owns a business next to Lumpy’s, told deputies Kelly came to his business and was causing a scene.
The woman said the heated exchange over the phone began because of rumors that she was going to evict Kelly from the building, something she said was not true. She said when she called Kelly to dispel the rumors, he got “irate and started cursing with profanities,” the report states.
In one part of the call, Kelly allegedly told the landlord “I will [expletive] you up.” He then reportedly hung up and walked over to her husband’s business.
A video from the business was reviewed by a deputy. The video had no sound but Kelly could be seen “flailing his arms and gesturing towards” the business owner, the report states.
When the deputy met with Kelly, he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, the report states.
He said he has been having problems with the landlord since the homicide that occurred in the parking lot.
Later that same day, deputies responded back to Lumpy’s because Kelly wanted to file a report against the landlord’s husband. He said the day after the killing, the man went inside the bar without permission.
“Mr. Kelly started citing law to this officer in which he was quickly put in his place” because he was still under the influence, the report states.
The man said there is a stipulation in Kelly’s contract that allows them to enter the bar in an emergency.
Kelly will remain at the Georgetown County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

By Scott Harper
sharper@gtowntimes.com

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