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Second arrest made in murder of Malcolm Moore

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On June 25, 2021, a second subject, 25-year-old James Stafford Jr., was arrested in the May 25, 2020, St. Helena Island murder of Malcolm Moore.


At approximately 9:55 p.m. 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 the subjects responsible for Moore’s shooting death as 22-year-old Tey’Veon Smalls of Ridgeland and 25-year-old James Stafford Jr. of St. Helena.

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 arrests of Smalls and Stafford Jr. for Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime.


On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, with the assistance of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law enforcement Division, Tey’Veon Smalls was located and arrested in Ridgeland for the two active warrants in Malcolm Moore’s shooting death.

He was taken to the Jasper County Detention Center to be held pending transport to Beaufort County.
Late Wednesday, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the Jasper County and took custody of Smalls. He was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center and incarcerated.


On June 25, 2021, the second subject wanted in Malcolm Moore’s shooting death, James Stafford Jr., turned himself in to Sheriff’s Office deputies in Beaufort. 

Stafford Jr. was arrested and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he was incarcerated. 

As of the time of this advisory, Tey’Veon Smalls and James Stafford Jr. remain incarcerated. They have yet to receive bond hearings on the Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime charges. 

James Stafford Jr.’s booking photo is attached to this advisory. 

The booking photo of Tey’Veon Smalls was posted and remains available through our June 24, 2021 advisory.  
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