Bond denied for suspect accused of killing Graniteville mom and baby

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Saturday, January 11, 2020
News 12/NBC 26 at 11 O'Clock

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- On December 17th, a mom and baby lost their life.

Judge Donna Williamson says Thomas Henderson has a charge of discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime murder, two murders, and 3 attempted murders.

Aiken county investigators believe he is one of the three suspects in a shooting that a video door bell camera caught the night of the murder.

Deputies believe Mel'lisha Jackson and her son Elijah were killed in a gang related shooting.

Judge Williamson says discharging a firearm alone could be a fine of a thousand dollars, 10 years in jail, or both.

She also says possession of a weapon during a violent crime could add five more years.

Attempted murder carries no more than 30 years, but Henderson is facing three attempted murder charges.

"The murder can carry life or death," said Judge Williamson.

The Jackson's family was not present today, but they did request a no contact order.

"Do not call, email, text message, or don't have any other third party contact them on on your behalf," said judge Williamson.

The judge denied bond due to the to the murder charges, stating he was a risk to the public.

"Because of those charges at this time I'm not setting your bond on any of them ," said judge Williamson.

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Bond has been denied for Thomas Anthony Henderson, the suspect accused of killing a Graniteville mom and her 1-year-old child.

Mel'lisha Jackson and her son Elijah were killed after what the Aiken County Sheriff's Office believes was a gang-related shooting.

Henderson was arrested last week in Richmond County and has since been moved to Aiken County jail following an extradition hearing.

Henderson was charged with 2 counts of murder after the killing on December 17, 2019 at the Kalmia Apartments.

Aiken County investigators are still searching for two suspects also involved in the murder case. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts and identity on the remaining two killers, you can contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811.

You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for any crime.