Matlock murder trial begins Monday

  • Friday, August 8, 2014

It has been two years since the double murder of 18-year-old Dana Woods and 22-year-old June Guerry shook Berkeley County to its core.

On Monday, the trial for one of the two men accused in the case is set to begin.

Caleb Brad Matlock’s murder trial starts Monday morning at the county courthouse in Moncks Corner.

Matlock, of Summerville, and his cousin, Arthur Ray Chavis, have been behind bars awaiting trial since Sept. 1, 2012. Authorities allege that Matlock and Chavis lured the two young women – one of whom, Guerry, knew Matlock – to a remote area of Cordesville in order to steal their car. Matlock is alleged to have shot both Woods and Guerry, before he and Chavis dumped the two bodies in the Francis Marion Forest before setting Woods’ car on fire.

The murder case that shocked Berkeley County began with a missing persons report. The mother of Dana Woods filed a missing persons report on Aug. 26, after her daughter and June Guerry failed to return home.

In the aftermath of the deaths, Jennifer Hill, Dana Woods’ mother, said that her daughter and best friend were taking their niece back to her mother’s home in Pinopolis after she had fallen ill earlier in the evening. The girls were last heard from in a text message shortly before midnight.

Woods and Guerry were never seen again until search parties discovered their bodies.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said that jury selection will begin Monday morning in the trial, and could last more than one day.

A trial date for Chavis has not yet been scheduled, Wilson confirmed.

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