A suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Coastal Carolina University student Tuesday has turned himself in.
Horry County Sheriff’s deputies said Friday that 20-year-old Marquis McDonald of Conway is now in custody. McDonald was wanted on a murder charge the death of 19-year-old Anthony Liddell. Liddell was shot in a parking lot at the University Place residence hall, which is operated by the school.
“This was not a random event,” State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told reporters. “This was something that happened between two individuals that just happened to be on the Coastal Carolina University campus.”
McDonald is charged with one count of Murder and one count of Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. He faces a minimum sentence of 30 years to life in prison on the murder charge, with an additional five years possibly tacked on for the weapons charge.
The State Law Enforcement Division had identified McDonald as a suspect earlier in the day. However, they have not yet given a motive for the shooting. Berry would not say what the relationship was between Liddell and McDonald, instead saying, “That is information that is still being developed as part of the investigation.”
Berry said McDonald was with a family member when he surrendered to deputies at a Conway gas station. McDonald has never been a student at Coastal, he added.
SLED is overseeing the case. By law, SLED is responsible for the investigation of a death on a college campus. The Coastal Carolina University Department of Public Safety and numerous other law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation.
McDonald has a previous criminal record, according to Horry County court records. He pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in 2010 and was given 18 months probation under the Youth Offenders Act (McDonald was 16 when the incident occurred). Simultaneous charges of 2nd degree lynching and robbery were dropped under the plea deal.