A man accused of killing two soldiers at a Chapin bar this week has been denied bond.
25-year-old Joseph Mills went before a judge Monday on murder charges for the shootings at the Frayed Knot bar along the shoreline of Lake Murray. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department warrants said Mills had chased a woman into the restaurant and was attacking her when 40-year-old Staff Sergeant Charles Judge, Jr., of the South Carolina National Guard and 29-year-old Army Sergeant First Class Jonathan Prins attempted to break it up peacefully.
However, investigators say Mills shot the men, then left the scene. He was arrested Sunday at a Chapin home. During a bond hearing Monday, The State newspaper reports Mills told the judge he had been chasing the woman because she stole drugs and said the bar group was about to lynch him.
The Facebook page for the bar defended the two victims, calling them “Good Samaritans.” The woman has not been identified.
National Guard officials said Monday that SSG. Judge was an engineer instructor with the 218th Regiment Leadership at McCrady Training Center near Eastover. He was a resident of the Moore community in Spartanburg County. SFC. Prins was stationed at Fort Jackson Army training base outside Columbia.
The bar itself remains closed after the incident. “We are still grieving Sundays (sic) tragedy,” the bar’s owners continued in a Monday post. “We will not be open (Monday) or Tuesday but will reopen at 11am on Wednesday. Please take a moment to say a prayer for the victims and their families. They are heroes and much more to the Frayed Knot family.”