Judge denies bond for Sumter murder suspect

Man charged after mother of his child found dead in apartment

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 4/29/18

Bond was denied for a Sumter man, 50, charged in the killing of the mother of his 2-year-old child during a first appearance hearing at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Friday.

Alonzo Shaw, of Sally Street in Wedgefield, was arrested on …

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Judge denies bond for Sumter murder suspect

Man charged after mother of his child found dead in apartment

Alonzo Shaw, 50, stands before the family of Lois Smith, 36, during a first appearance hearing at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Friday. Shaw is charged with murder in Smith's death.
Alonzo Shaw, 50, stands before the family of Lois Smith, 36, during a first appearance hearing at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Friday. Shaw is charged with murder in Smith's death.
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Bond was denied for a Sumter man, 50, charged in the killing of the mother of his 2-year-old child during a first appearance hearing at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Friday.

Alonzo Shaw, of Sally Street in Wedgefield, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with murder, unlawful neglect of a child and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the death of 36-year-old Lois Smith.

A friend discovered Smith's body inside her home at Friendship Apartments on Wednesday while checking in because family and friends were unable to reach Smith since sometime Tuesday, according to Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for Sumter Police Department.

Smith and Shaw's 2-year-old child was also found inside the apartment but was not injured.

According to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker, Smith died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Multiple members of Smith's family were present at the detention center on Friday afternoon, but only her three sisters sat through the hearing.

It wasn't until after Shaw was escorted from the courtroom that two of Smith's sisters began to cry, one of them saying she could not understand how Shaw could seemingly not feel bad for the crimes he is accused of.

If convicted of all three charges, Shaw could be sentenced to 45 years - 10 years for unlawful neglect of a child, 30 years for murder and five years for possession of a weapon during a violent crime - if he is not sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Magistrate Judge Larry Blanding said Shaw is scheduled to have a bond hearing in general sessions court at Sumter County Judicial Center on June 8.