Horry County Police have arrested two suspects in the double homicide which occurred at the Waccamaw Bingo facility on July 26. The father and son owner/operators of Waccamaw Bingo, Stephen “Steve” Johnson Sr. and Stephen “Sparky” Johnson Jr., were killed during the attempted robbery at their establishment.
Derrick Rivera, 29, of Georgetown, faces two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Bradford Britton, 40, of Georgetown, faces two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery.
Britton was originally arrested on July 29 at 328 S. Kaminsky St. in Georgetown. Participating agencies included the Georgetown Police Department, Horry County Police Police Department and US Marshals.
Rivera had previously been booked in May for attempted murder but had been released on June 24 after making a $8,000 bond. According to public records, Rivera first shows up in the Georgetown County court logs in 2006 for burglary. Since then and prior to the most recent double homicide, Rivera has been charged in a large variety of crimes from traffic to criminal. Criminal charges included hindering police/resisting arrest, larceny, giving false information to police, second degree assault and battery, third degree assault and battery and armed robbery.
Most recently he was charged with resisting arrest in Horry County in July of this year. He posted his own bond of $464.
This was Britton’s first significant criminal charge in Georgetown County. His only other criminal charge in Georgetown County consisted of illegally transporting materials. However, he had been charged with shoplifting in Horry County in 2010.