Berkeley Sheriff says Goose Creek murder may not have happened if bond had been revoked

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis says a fatal shooting last night may not have happened if the suspect had had his bond revoked.

Just after 10 last night, a Berkeley County Deputy was patrolling Pineshadow Drive in Goose Creek when he heard multiple gunshots fired just 100 feet away. A Chevy Malibu sped by with no lights on. He pulled the vehicle over.

The female driver of the vehicle, Catelyn Alcantara, had gunshot wounds. Jonnell Jacob Harris was a passenger in the Malibu. He was charged with discharging a firearm into a building. Another male passenger, Nicholas Bradley Valentine had gun shot wounds and died at the scene.

Christopher Eugene Smith III of Goose Creek has been arrested for murder and weapons violations.

Neighbors said shootings are an ongoing problem in Pineland Heights. “It’s scary. It’s not a good feeling. It’s not. You see it on TV all the time but when it gets this close it’s bad.”

Smith had been arrested by Berkeley County Deputies for 3 weapons violations and two drug violations on November 16, 2016. He was on probation at the time of that arrest for weapons-related charges.

Berkeley County detectives notified Probation & Parole agents who indicated that they were going to revoke his parole. That did not happen. Smith bonded back out on a total of $90,000 surety bond. Sheriff Duane Lewis says if Smith’s Bond had been revoked, this may not have happened. “Well, you know I don’t want to point any fingers to anybody, but looking at it now, you know, had the individual been in jail, this may not have happened.”

had been revoked, this may not have happened. “Well, you know I don’t want to point any fingers to anybody, but looking at it now, you know, had the individual been in jail, this may not have happened.”

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver said an autopsy is being conducted today in this case, and they expect to release additional information about that in the near future.

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