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Knotts held after initial bond hearing
Knotts Hearing
Thomas Dwayne Knotts (right) during his initial bond hearing at the Kershaw County Detention Center on Tuesday morning. County Magistrate Judge Allen Trapp set bond for use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent at $5,000 cash/surety, but denied bond for two murder, two kidnapping and one second-degree arson charges, deferring them to be considered by a circuit court judge. Knotts allegedly killed Steven and Nancy Hales sometime on Saturday and then allegedly attempted to cover up the murders by setting their Lyttleton Street home ablaze early Sunday morning. (Martin L. Cahn/C-I)
Thomas Dwayne Knotts, 43, of Camden, continues to be held at the Kershaw County Detention Center following an initial bond hearing Tuesday morning. County Magistrate Allen Trapp set a cash/surety bond of $5,000 for the least of Knotts’ charges so far, use of a vehicle without owner’s consent. Trapp denied bond on Knotts’ two murder charges, two kidnapping charges and one second-degree arson charge, deferring them to be considered by a circuit court judge.