- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A third suspect has been arrested in a 2010 home invasion in McClellanville that left two men dead.

Jeremiah Belton was arrested Sunday and charged with murder, first-degree burglary and weapons possession, according to Charleston County sheriff’s deputies. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney.

Authorities say that Belton, 40, helped plan a home invasion that resulted in the shooting death of 35-year-old Melvin Simmons.

Simmons was found shot to dead in his bedroom in July 2010. At the time, officials said that Simmons’ 13-year-old daughter and 30-year-old girlfriend were in the house but weren’t hurt.

Another man, 26-year-old Curtis Darnell Delaney of North Charleston, appeared to have been shot in the house and died just outside the front door. Investigators said that Delaney was wearing a ski mask and a glove on his right hand, and officials found a revolver at his feet.

Two other men, Troy Lawayne Mason and Mario Leonard Caldwell, have also been arrested in the case and acknowledged their roles in the robbery and shooting, according to an affidavit.


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