Deputies: More charges for 2 teenagers charged with murder after - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Deputies: More charges for 2 teenagers charged with murder after home invasion

Posted: Updated:
Donte Robert Bacon (Source: Greenville County Sheriff's Office) Donte Robert Bacon (Source: Greenville County Sheriff's Office)
James Toward (Source: Greenville County Sheriff's Office) James Toward (Source: Greenville County Sheriff's Office)

OCONEE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) The two teenagers charged with murder after a man died during a home invasion are facing more charges, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

James Toward, 18, and 16-year-old Donte Robert Bacon, of Seneca have both been charged with murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a commission of a violent crime, and grand larceny, according to deputies.

On Friday morning, bond was denied for both teens.

According to warrants, Toward and Bacon "caused the death of Scott Johnston."

The two also entered the dwelling "without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein and entered the dwelling at night and/or armed with a deadly weapon," said deputies.

According to deputies, Toward and Bacon also "did unlawfully seize, confine, kidnap or abduct Jody Corley." The two are also accused of "knowingly and willfully" possessing and displaying "a firearm during the commission of a violent crime."

Toward and Bacon also reportedly stole three electric guitars from the scene of the homicide, said deputies.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation and more charges in unrelated crimes are pending, said deputies.

According to investigators, dispatchers received a phone call around 7:36 a.m. from a woman at 24 Ames St. who said that two men had broken into her home and had shot a male inside the home.

The woman was identified as Jody Corley and the shooting victim as Scott Johnston, said deputies.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Johnston was shot once in the chest and once in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Corley was shot in the foot, said deputies.

According to deputies, Toward and Bacon left the scene after the woman called the Sheriff's Office.

During the course of the investigation into the homicide, officers were able to determine that Toward and Bacon were involved in a string of burglaries that had occurred over the past several weeks, said deputies.

According to deputies, many of the items taken in those burglaries were recovered during the execution of a search warrant at 23 Ames St. during the investigation of the homicide.

Toward and Bacon have each been charged with first-degree burglary and petit larceny in regards to break-in that occurred on Nov. 10 at 28 Ames St. The two are also charged with malicious injury to a place of worship, grand larceny, and second-degree burglary for the Nov. 23 break-in at Ann Hope United Methodist Church at 702 Goddard Ave., said deputies.

According to deputies, Bacon and Toward have also been charged with first-degree burglary and petit larceny regarding the Nov. 25 break-in at 1205 Goddard Ave. The two have been charged as well with first-degree burglary, grand larceny, explosive charges, and third degree arson in regards to an incident which occurred Thanksgiving morning at 27 Ames St., as well as first-degree burglary and third-degree arson for a separate incident that occurred at the same address on Dec. 8.

Bacon and Toward have been charged with first-degree burglary and g rand larceny in an incident that occurred on Jan. 1 of this year at 30 Ames St, said deputies.

According to deputies, 42-year-old Donna Bretz, the mother of Toward, has been charged on three counts of accessory after the fact in regards to three of the burglaries that occurred in November. Those burglaries would be the ones that took place at 28 Ames St.

The charges are not related to the homicide that happened Thursday.

Copyright 2014 by WYFF All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow