Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sheila Bond is a retired New York City police officer who also spent years in the city’s drug enforcement unit.
After retirement she moved to Horry County and started working for Stealth Security. One of her jobs was to help provide security at the former 701 Club in the Yauhannah community.
On July 15, 2012 her life changed. It was on that night she was trying to help break up a barroom brawl at the former 701 Club in Yauhannah when she was violently hit on the head with a pool cue.
Maurice Thomas McCallum, 31, of Green Sea was arrested for the attack and was charged with attempted murder. His trial took place this week.
After two days of testimony — all from the state because the defense presented no witnesses — the jury deliberated for about eight minutes and found McCallum not guilty of the crime.
The jury of seven women and five men were chosen from a pool of 40 potential jurors. There were two people in that jury pool who said they were in the 701 Club when the incident occurred. They were disqualified from serving on the jury but the state tried to get them added to their witness list. Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles denied that request.
Although McCallum was charged with attempted murder, Judge Michael Nettles allowed the jury to consider lesser charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
He also told them if they determined the state had not proven McCallum committed the crime, they could cease deliberations at that point. That is what they determined, according to the verdict.
One witness who was able to provide very little information was the victim herself.
“I do not even recall driving to work that day. I remember nothing that occurred for a two-week period (after the incident). I cannot answer any questions about that night,” she testified.
Bond said she continues to suffer because of the attack.
“I am not allowed to work because of my injuries. My brain has not fully recovered. I have optic nerve damage that will never heal,” Bond said.
Dr. William Vandergrift, who treated Bond, testified Thursday she will suffer some of her injuries for life.
The 701 Club was owned by Terrance Myers at the time. He testified Tuesday Bond was at the club every Friday and Saturday night and was “like family.”
He testified a regular at the club, Chucky Myers, was arguing “with someone” moments before Bond was hit. Terrance Myers said he is not related to Chuck Myers or any of the other Myers family members who were in the club.
Terrrance Myers said because of all the confusion, he was unable to see who it was who was arguing with Chucky Myers and did not see who hit Bond.
Laquitton Myers said when he arrived at the club he walked to the back to get a shot of liquor when he saw “someone” in a heated argument with his uncle, Chucky Myers.
After the state concluded its case, defense attorney Ron Hazzard asked the judge to issue a directed verdict of not guilty. He claimed none of the state’s witnesses said they saw McCallum hit Bond.
Deputy Solicitor Ricky Todd reminded the court Iyana Myers testified she saw McCallum very near Bond when he swung the pool stick and she saw Bond fall on the ground.
Hazzard noted Iyana Myers, during her testimony, said she actually never saw McCallum deliver that damaging blow but he was the one nearest to Bond seconds before she saw her fall.
It was testified many people in the club, which was very crowded, were fighting at the same time. It was also testified there were pool sticks “flying everywhere.”
Iyana Myers said “all I saw was sticks flying.”
Bond’s partner from Stealth Security, Jimmy Wearing, testified he did not see who hit Bond because he was busy fighting off others when she was injured. He said he was also hit with a pool cue but he was not seriously injured.
Investigator Melvin Garrett testified he obtained a warrant against McCallum based on an anonymous call. He saw he was at the home of Terrance Myers investigating when Myers received a call from someone who identified McCallum as the one who struck Bond.
When questioned by Hazzard Tuesday, Myers said he could not remember who the person was who called with the information.
Todd said after McCallum was identified by the caller, Garrett questioned others who were at the club and they recalled seeing McCallum at the bar.
Judge Nettles told the jury the fact that McCalllum was at the club does not mean he committed the crime.
“I am sure no one intended for her to get hit. I bet the person who did it does not know they did it. It was a brawl,” Hazzard said during his closing statement.