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Bond deferred for a Sumter man facing murder charge

By SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 1/28/20

A Sumter County judge deferred the possibility of bond early Tuesday morning for a 20-year-old man who faces murder charges in the death of a 23-year-old man on New Year's Day.

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Bond deferred for a Sumter man facing murder charge

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A Sumter County judge deferred the possibility of bond early Tuesday morning for a 20-year-old man who faces murder charges in the death of a 23-year-old man on New Year's Day.

Magistrate Judge Larry Blanding deferred the possibility of bond for Deontae Jackson to a future hearing in general sessions court because of the nature of the charge, according to Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson was arrested in Richland County after the death of Montrel Epps, whose body was found off McCrays Mill Road at about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Sarvis said Epps died from a gunshot wound.

Epps’ death marked the first homicide in Sumter in 2020, according to law enforcement. He was found by a deputy during a property check after seeing his vehicle parked in the area, according to Sarvis.

Jackson’s date for general sessions is pending.