Third suspect jailed in Dec. 9 shooting

Stephon Lee Miller
Stephon Lee Miller

Tabitha Reaves was shielding her infant child when Reaves was struck in the head by at least one bullet Dec. 9.
The third suspect in that street corner shooting in Tabor city was arrested today, according to the sheriff’s office.
Stephon Lee Miller, 26, of Hinson Park Drive, Tabor City, is charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and one charge each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. His bond was set at $650,000.

Allegriana Johnson and Stephon Lee Miller

Miller, Allegriana Rena Johnson, and a juvenile male are alleged to have opened fire on Reaves, Juwan Washington, and Reaves’ infant child while Reaves was stopped at Complex Street and Swamp Fox Highway in Tabor city.

A passerby, Brett Godwin, was struck by broken glass when a stray round shattered his truck window.
Washington pulled Reaves from the driver’s seat and sped to Loris McLeod Hospital, where he was stopped by Loris Police for speeding in the emergency department parking lot. Loris officers then contacted Tabor City. Investigators determined that the shooting occurred outside the city limits, and turned the case over to the sheriff’s office.

The juvenile male was detained Dec. 15, and Johnson was arrested Dec. 16, according to the sheriff’s office. Johnson’s bond was set at $400,000. Miller, Johnson and the juvenile face the same felony charges.

Reaves was transported from McLeod Loris to Grand Strand, where her condition has improved, according to the sheriff’s office.

The investigation is continuing.


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