A Conway man’s trial began this week in the shooting death of a Coastal Carolina University student last year.
22-year-old Marquis McDonald is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a crime in the death of 19-year-old Anthony Liddell of Bennettsville. Liddell was a sophomore majoring in sports medicine when he was shot three times at the University Place residential complex near the Conway campus in February 2013. Warrants issued at the time stated that McDonald admitted being present when Liddell was shot, but claims someone else fired the gun.
A murder count is also pending against another man, 24-year-old Stephon McLain. McLain’s trial is currently scheduled for a later date.
Authorities have not discussed a possible motive for the fatal shooting. McDonald’s attorney argued during a 2013 bond hearing that McLain tried to rob his client but Liddell intervened, leading to McLain shooting him. Prosecutors with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office refute that story, however, believing that McDonald shot Liddell himself.
McDonald faces 30 years to life on the murder charge and 10-30 years on the weapons possession count, if convicted. Opening arguments began Monday morning.