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Officials: Wanted Seneca murder suspect denied bond

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Richard Dunston Jr. (Source: Seneca PD) Richard Dunston Jr. (Source: Seneca PD)
Scene of 'domestic related' homicide in Seneca (FOX Carolina/ 5/17/18) Scene of 'domestic related' homicide in Seneca (FOX Carolina/ 5/17/18)
Scene of 'domestic related' homicide in Seneca (FOX Carolina/ 5/17/18) Scene of 'domestic related' homicide in Seneca (FOX Carolina/ 5/17/18)
Dunston at bond hearing. (5/20/18 FOX Carolina) Dunston at bond hearing. (5/20/18 FOX Carolina)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Seneca police said a man has been charged with murder in a shooting that claimed a woman's life Thursday night.

Police said the incident happened at a residence on the 400 block of South Stribling Street in Seneca shortly after 8 p.m.

According to police, the shooting stemmed from an argument that took place while the victim was babysitting. The police department confirmed that the homicide resulted from a shooting incident.

The coroner said a 21-year-old Seneca woman died from a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner's office identified the victim as Mya Rae Lee of Seneca.

Police said Friday that Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr. has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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Officers said Lee and Dunston were a new couple.

One week after her death, Mya's family and friends remembered her in a vigil, held with Safe Harbor and Put Down the Guns Now Young People Organization. Mya's family said they hope her story can help save another woman from domestic violence.

“Never in a million years did I imagine this," Jessica Goforth said,"It's just not right. It’s not fair. It’s not supposed to be this way. It’s not how life is supposed to go.”

According to a background check, Dunston had previous arrests for charges of kidnapping, criminal domestic violence, threatening an official, third-degree assault and battery, and drug possession.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections confirmed Dunston was convicted of distribution of drugs and assault and battery in 2016. He was admitted to the Department of Corrections in March 2016 to serve a two-year active sentence. However, he was released on probation in September 2016.

He was later convicted of second-degree domestic violence and readmitted to prison in June 2017. Investigators said he pushed a woman down a flight of stairs, punched her and choked her.

He was to serve a one-year sentence but was released on probation in November 2017. An anger management program was part of his sentencing, court records show.

According to online court records, Dunston was on probation for the domestic violence crime when the shooting occurred.

According to the Roanoke Times, Lee was charged with accessory after the fact to murder in connection with the 2015 death of a Virginia man. Detectives said she was sentenced to one year in prison and served time before being released and returning to South Carolina.

Police said Dunston turned himself in to police and is now in custody. 

At a bond hearing on Sunday, Dunston was denied bond.

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