Crime & Courts

Triple-killing suspect moved to Charleston

Triple-killing suspect Jeffrey Eady, 31, was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center on Wednesday morning, where he was formally charged in the May 30 death of a 37-year-old Charleston woman.

Charleston County deputies picked up Eady from the Clarendon County Detention Center and transported him to the Charleston facility where he was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Then, Eady appeared in a bond hearing before Charleston Magistrate Linda S. Lombard.

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jim Brady said Lombard set Eady’s bond for the possession of a weapon during a violent crime at $100,000. Brady said Eady must appear before a circuit court judge for a bond hearing on the charges of murder and armed robbery.

“A date will need to be set up through the court system, and (Eady) will be transported back here for the hearing before a circuit judge,” Brady added.

Following a two-day manhunt, Eady was arrested on June 1 in Florida in the deaths of two Clarendon County women, 77-year-old Sadie Brown and 65-year-old Maebell White. Brown was Eady’s second cousin.

While Clarendon County authorities were searching for the then-missing Brown on May 30, they learned within less than an hour that White, who was working within three houses of where Brown lived, had been shot to death at the 527 Subdivision Road recycling center.

The same day, Crystal Johnson was shot and killed at a convenience store in the Adams Run community of Charleston County where she worked.

From May 29 until the afternoon of June 2, the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from a variety of national, state and local agencies searched for Brown’s body in the area around 527 Subdivision Road where she was last seen alive. At one point on June 1, Clarendon County authorities called in Cue Inc., a search and rescue team of volunteers using cadaver dogs out of North Carolina, to aid in the search. However, it wasn’t until Eady waived extradition and returned to Clarendon County on June 2 that Clarendon authorities learned where her body was located.

Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said the motive behind the shootings appeared to be money and White’s car.

The first attempt to hold a bond hearing for Eady in Clarendon County had to be postponed a day because Eady, just prior to the hearing, used the clasp on his admittance bracelet at the Clarendon County Detention Center to slit his wrist. The next day, Eady waived his rights and would remain in the Clarendon facility until he could appear before a Clarendon circuit court judge.

At that time, Garrett said he was in no hurry for Eady to appear in court.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Garrett added.

Garrett said public defender Scott Robinson has been assigned as Eady’s lawyer.

In Clarendon County, Eady has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Maebell White, along with possession of a weapon during a violent crime and grand larceny. He has also been charged with one count of murder in the death of Sadie Brown, as well as one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime and credit card fraud.