Crime & Courts

Bail denied for accused ATM killer

A judge this morning denied bail for a man charged with fatally shooting and robbing a woman at an ATM in Forest Acres last week.

Kendrick Nesbitt, 37, was not present for the Richland County hearing before Circuit Judge G. Thomas Cooper.

Nesbitt is charged with murder in Wednesday’s slaying of Lynne Marie Thompson, 55, of Elgin. Thompson was shot several times about 8:40 a.m. at a Bank of America ATM at Trenholm Plaza on Trenholm Road.

Nesbitt also faces charges of carjacking and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. He is accused of stealing Thompson’s 2001 Honda Odyssey van and her purse, which were later recovered.

Cooper granted a request by 5th Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese to make his order denying bond permanent. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Nesbitt, who has prior convictions dating back to 1990 and served about 12 years in prison for armed robbery, was arrested Thursday night after surrendering to police at his Columbia apartment.

About a dozen of Thompson’s relatives and supporters from her church, Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, were present for this morning’s hearing.

(Reach Brundrett at (803) 771-8484.)

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