No bond set for North Charleston murder suspect

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — North Charleston Police Department is investigating following the discovery of a deceased male victim buried behind a North Charleston business.

Rolando Aldama, 35
Rolando Aldama-Ocampo, 35

Investigators say around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, investigators were at La Bomba at 5020 Rivers Ave following up on a burglary that took place and questioning a potential suspect.

According to an affidavit, the victim, Jose Rolando Martinez Castro A.K.A. Wilmer Fernando Serrano Mata, was reported missing to members of the North Charleston Police Department. A missing person investigation was initiated and all efforts to located the victim were met with negative results.

On April 8, Aldama-Ocampo was developed as a suspect in the disappearance of Castro.

The document goes on to say after being advised of his constitutional rights and signing a waiver, Aldama-Ocampo confessed to investigators to being involved in a verbal/physical confrontation with Castro which resulted in him killing Castro. Aldama-Ocampo went on to say after the victim died, he buried him behind La Bomba. During the recovery of Castro’s body, a substance believed to be pool salt was recovered from around his body.

At a bond hearing, Aldama-Ocampo was given a $5,000 bond for possession of cocaine and a $25,000 bond for trafficking methamphetamine.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office says Castro died from a stab wound to the chest in November 2015.

 

People who live in the area say Aldama-Ocampo, better known by those in the area as “Epi,” confessed to killing a man who had been reported missing last Saturday.

News 2 spoke with people who live in the area. Ashle Wilcox and her 10-month-old son live next door to La Bomba.

Wilcox explained, “It’s open on weekends. Usually a bunch of Hispanics come here and it’s like their little get together at their club, I guess.”

Wilcox says dozens of police had La Bomba surrounded since Tuesday morning; some of them digging in the dirt out back Wednesday morning.

People who live nearby say Aldama lived on top of the restaurant.

Wilcox told News 2, “I heard that it was a meth lab; I heard that it was two dead dog; I heard it was part of the cartel going on and there was a bunch of drugs going on; prostitution ring. I just heard all kinds of stuff.”

Around 5 p.m., the city of North Charleston posted signs on La Bomba’s door which read “Keep Out.” The sign said La Bomba was unsafe and unfit for occupancy due to not having hot water, and because it had unsafe electrical.

At a bond hearing on Thursday, April 14, Aldama-Ocampowas given a $5,000 bond for possession of cocaine and a $25,000 bond for trafficking methamphetamine. As for the murder charges, due to the nature of the offense, the magistrate judge did not set bond for those charges.

Aldama-Ocampo will need to go before a circuit court judge for any bond consideration for those charges.

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