Man Charged with Murder Hundreds of Miles Away from Scene of Crime in South Carolina

JOHNSTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — A man has been charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of a Midlands resident, which occurred several weeks ago. Quenell Marquis Anderson, a 37-year-old resident of Edgefield County, was apprehended on March 20 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, over 500 miles away from the scene of the crime.

Authorities, including the Maryland State Police and the Prince George’s County Police Department, collaborated in the arrest of Anderson, according to a statement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The victim, identified as 35-year-old Ricky Martin from Sumter, was allegedly shot multiple times by Anderson on March 2, as detailed in a warrant released by SLED.

Evidence from an informant familiar to law enforcement and gathered during SLED’s investigation pointed to Anderson as the perpetrator of the shooting. However, the motive behind the attack remains undisclosed. Details regarding Anderson’s presence in Maryland and the circumstances of his apprehension in the state have not been made public as of yet.

Following extradition back to South Carolina, Anderson was detained at the Edgefield County Detention Center but is currently held at the Newberry County Detention Center without bond. In connection to the case, another individual, Roscoe Pough Jr., aged 37, was previously charged by SLED with being an accessory after the fact to murder. The Johnston Police Department sought SLED’s involvement in leading the probe into Martin’s tragic demise, and legal proceedings are set to be overseen by the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.