Two suspects in hate crime murder of Kelly Hunnewell were out of bond
The Columbia, SC police department is reporting that two of the three suspects were already awaiting trials for a laundry list of serious crimes. They were both free on bond. Police have also confirmed that the killing was random. Police say the suspects originally intended to rob a bar, but couldn’t open the back door. Instead they burst into a kitchen and shot Kelly Hunnewell multiple times for the fun of it. They left without even stealing anything.
Kelly Hunniwell had four children.
At the time Hunnewell was gunned down on July 1, both men – Lorenzo Young and Troy Stevenson – had been sprung from jail by local bonding companies and circuit judges who approved their release. Both suspects had criminal records involving arrests for serious crimes and were awaiting trial on those charges.
It hadn’t taken much time in their young lives to compile those records. Both are 18.
Young had a total of $240,000 in bonds for various charges, including first-degree burglary, according to records. He was also facing charges on offenses such as possession of a weapon during a violent crime, kidnapping, assault and armed robbery, before he was set free in January on a lower bond, according to records.
Stevenson got out of jail in late 2011 on a $35,000 bond on a first-degree burglary charge, according to records. Stevenson also was facing assault and battery charges in connection with an incident in which he allegedly attacked an emergency services worker, records said.
A third person, a 16-year-old juvenile whom police have not identified, also was charged in the Hunnewell shooting death. His criminal record, if any, could not be ascertained by The State.
Hunnewell, a 33-year-old mother of four school-age children, was shot to death in the early morning hours of July 1 at the bakery where she prepared bagels. She was the only employee working in the small building at 13 Tommy Circle, off Beltline Boulevard near Covenant Road. The building contained an off-site bakery for Carolina Cafe, a popular bagel shop on Pendleton Street, near USC’s Horseshoe and the State House.
When three would-be robbers entered her kitchen around 3 a.m., Hunnewell, who was alone, resisted. She was shot multiple times, police later said. The robbers, who police said had found the bar next door closed, attacked Hunnewell instead. They found no money and fled. Young, Stevenson and the juvenile were arrested a week later after police got a tip.