Warrants show robbery played role in Myrtle Beach homicide

akelley@thesunnews.comNovember 13, 2013 

— One of two men arrested in Myrtle Beach this week is accused of committing murder during a robbery; the other is accused of helping dispose of the body, according to arrest warrants.

Myrtle Beach police began investigating a homicide late Monday when they learned that an “individual had information on a murder,” arrest warrants said. Police found the body of 57-year-old Helbert Woodberry Tuesday afternoon, hours after police arrested the suspect and continued their search for the victim.

Mitchell Monroe Weatherall, of Myrtle Beach and Milwaukee, Wis., was charged with murder Tuesday. He told police, according to arrest warrants, that there was a murder at the Atlantic View Motel at 601 Flagg St. Weatherall is accused of killing Woodberry “with malice aforethought” during a robbery, according to a warrant.

Joey Raymond Garsow, 24, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with accessory after the fact of a felony. He told police he helped Weatherall move Woodberry to a vehicle so Weatherall could dispose of the body, the warrant stated.

Woodberry, whose last address was in Hemingway, was found off Postal Way between the post office and Carolina Forest High School, said Capt. David Knipes with Myrtle Beach police.

The cause of death has not been released by the Horry County Coroner’s Office, but the incident report said a “blunt object” was used as a weapon.

It was not clear when Woodberry was killed, but a press release said the murder occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11.

Knipes said the body was found not far from the roadway and near a cellphone tower.

Officers initially responded to the Atlantic View Motel at 601 Flagg St. for a reported homicide late Monday, Knipes said. Police were at the motel investigating the report from 11:16 p.m. Monday until 5:09 a.m. Tuesday, according to the department’s website. It was not clear what investigators found at the motel overnight Monday.

Weatherall also was arrested Monday and charged with shoplifting, value $2,000, or less, according to Horry County public records. Both men also have charges pending from Oct. 24, records show – Weatherall faces a public disorderly conduct charge and Garsow public intoxication. It was not clear Wednesday if those Oct. 24 cases were related, but the incidents have different case numbers.

Weatherall pleaded guilty in June 2013 on a public disorderly conduct charge from March 27 in North Myrtle Beach, according to the Horry County Public Index. He paid a fine totaling $262.50, records show.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.

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