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Ridgeland man arrested in 2020 murder of Malcolm Moore

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 22-year-old Tey’Veon Smalls of Ridgeland was arrested for the May 25, 2020 St. Helena Island murder of Malcolm Moore.   

At approximately 9:55 p.m. on May 25, 2020, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim at a pool party on Seaside Road, St. Helena Island.


When deputies arrived, they located a wounded man — later identified as 27-year-old Malcolm Moore of Beaufort — and secured the scene for Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services to respond, treat and transport him to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

On the way to the hospital, Moore died as a result of the gunshot wound(s).


Sheriff’s Office investigators and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene of the Sea Side Road pool party to interview witnesses and collect forensic evidence.

In the investigation, it was learned that there were over 100 people at the party and that some in attendance may have witnessed the shooting.

No subjects were immediately located or identified.

Over the past year, Sheriff’s Office investigators continued to locate witnesses and conduct interviews.

In those interviews, witnesses identified one of the subjects responsible for Moore’s shooting death as 22-year-old Tey’Veon Smalls of Ridgeland.

On June 9, 2021, investigators met with a Beaufort County magistrate and presented the facts of the case.

After reviewing the investigation, the magistrate issued warrants for the arrest of Smalls for Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime.


After obtaining the arrest warrants, investigators learned that Tey’Veon Smalls was most likely in Ridgeland.

Investigators listed Smalls as a wanted person in the National Crime Information Center and contacted Jasper County Sheriff’s Office deputies and agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to help locate him.

Yesterday, June 23, 2021, personnel from those two agencies located and arrested Smalls in Ridgeland. Smalls was brought to the Jasper County Detention Center to be held pending transport to Beaufort County.

Late yesterday, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to Jasper County and took custody of Smalls.

He was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where, as of today, he remains incarcerated.

Smalls has yet to receive a bond hearing for the charges.

The investigation is ongoing.  

We would like to thank the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for their assistance in the apprehension of Tey’Veon Smalls.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office appreciates your partnership in the safety of our community.