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Two arrested in Adam Davis murder

Posted: October 19, 2018 11:05 a.m.
Updated: October 19, 2018 11:04 a.m.
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The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a husband and wife for the murder of Adam Davis, who went missing Dec. 30, 2016, and whose body in a shallow Lee County grave 15 months later.

In a press release, Sheriff Jim Matthews announced that deputies arrested Clinton Warren Beebe, 38, and his wife, Peggy Danielle Laforte Beebe, 30, both of Waters Road, Bethune for Davis’ murder. The arrest took place, Matthews said, during the early morning hours Friday. He said it was the culmination of long, hard work by investigators.

“Unfortunately, TV cop shows lead people to believe that these types of serious crimes can be solved within a two- or three-hour time span,” Matthews said in the press release. “Obviously, that did not happen in this case. Adam Davis’ murder was, without a doubt, the most extensively investigated case at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office since I have been sheriff. It took more time than we wanted it to take, but we wanted it to be done right, so we were thorough. No stone was left unturned.”

Matthews had especially high praise for Investigator Justin Dill, saying Dill “worked this to death.”

Davis’ family originally reported him missing to the Bethune Police Department and asked the sheriff’s office for assistance. For more than a year, speculation ran high about Davis’ disappearance about what happened to him and, if foul play were involved, who might be responsible.

Matthews confirmed during a short phone call Friday that investigators thought the Beebes were involved in some way early on.

“Yeah, this was kind of like, these are persons of interest and our investigation never went anywhere else,” Matthews said.

The first break in the case came in March 2017 when someone anonymously sent a set of hand-written GPS coordinates to the sheriff’s office. Those coordinates came back to an area off Post Road in Lee County, not far from S.C. 341, which runs through Bethune. After a coordinated search with Lee County authorities and the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division, investigators found Davis’ body.

A year later, the Lee County coroner confirmed that an autopsy had revealed Davis died of a gunshot wound to the head.

According to Matthews’ press release, his office continued an “extensive follow-up investigation for (more than) a year, (that) resulted in the collection of a considerable amount of evidence leading investigators” to the Clinton and Danielle Beebe.

“This evidence was presented to Solicitor Dan Johnson in January,” Matthews said in the press release,” but it was not until October, after some additional investigation was conducted, when interim Solicitor Heather Weiss was briefed on the case. Solicitor Weiss gave investigators authorization to obtain arrest warrants for Clinton and Peggy Danielle Beebe charging them with the murder of Adam Davis.”

While Matthews would not speak directly to the additional evidence that may have convinced Weiss to authorize the warrants, he did give an idea of the type of evidence involved.

“It’s like if someone kills someone with a rock and -- even though you know you won’t find any -- you dust for fingerprints so that if someone asks about that, you can say you did,” he said. “It’s a matter of eliminating things.”

The Beebes are currently being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing before a circuit court judge. Matthews said he believes that could happen during the coming week as there is a term of court scheduled.

According to the KCSO, Clinton Beebe has previously been arrested for manufacturing drugs, public disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana, assault of a high and aggravated nature and DUI.

Danielle Beebe has no previous criminal history.

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