Bond denied for teen charged in New Ellenton man’s murder

August 11, 2017

A bond hearing was held Thursday for a New Ellenton teen charged in connection to the April murder of a 74-year-old man.

The judge denied bond for 18-year-old Kayla Nicole Moore, who is charged with murder in the death David Mackie, of New Ellenton.

She also is charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, second-degree arson, conspiracy and grand larceny of $5,000 or more, according to jail records.

Jayson Antonio Miles, 18, of Aiken, is a co-defendant in the Mackie murder case. He faces the same charges as Moore and was denied bond in July, according to court records.

Units from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and New Ellenton Fire Department responded to 1018 Cedar St. around 10:29 p.m. on April 22 after receiving a 911 call for a residential fire, according to a release from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The 911 caller claimed to have heard a “small explosion” coming from the trailer, according to the incident report.

The trailer was fully engulfed in flames when units arrived, and Mackie’s body was found a short time later in the back bedroom, the report states.

Autopsy results revealed Mackie died from blunt force trauma and sharp force injuries to his body, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Mackie had been hit on the head with a hammer, according to solicitors.

At the scene on April 22, investigators spoke with several of Mackie’s family members who claimed Moore had been staying in the trailer, but she moved out two days before, according to the incident report.

Mackie’s son told police his dad owned the trailer, but he had been letting Moore stay there because she had no place to go, the report states.

The report states Mackie’s daughter claimed Moore had recently asked her for a ride to Atlanta, but she told her no.

The 911 caller also told police Moore came to his residence, which was next door, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday to get his son’s Airsoft gun in an attempt to fix it, but had not seen her since then, according to the report.

Miles and Moore were arrested the next day by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia on grand larceny charges associated with the victim’s missing vehicle, the release states.

Mackie’s vehicle was found by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and not long after that, Moore and Miles were spotted by Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a Waffle House in Conyers, Georgia, according to the release.

Both will continue to be held at the Aiken County detention center.