From the Office of Sheriff Kenneth Sealey,
Robeson County Sheriff’s Office
On August 1, 2018, Marquand Jerome Newell, 35 years of age, of Dillon, SC, was arrested by investigators of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office for second degree murder.
Investigators responded to the scene and learned from witnesses that Simone Hunt was provided heroin by Marquand Jerome Newell on May 9, 2018. Shortly after being provided the heroin, Simone Hunt died.
Marquand Jerome Newell was charged with the death of Simone Sasha Hunt. Marquand Jerome Newell intentionally distributed heroin to Simone Sasha Hunt, which Simone Sasha Hunt ingested.
Marquand Jerome Newell was detained by investigators of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at Marion County Detention Center after he waived extradition. Newell was being released from the Marion County Detention Center after being held on bond for several drug violations charged by Marion County Sheriff’s Office on July 27, 2018.
The Dillon County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the case.
Newell is confined in the Robeson County Detention Center, bond is set at $500,000.00 secured. He is charged with 1 ct., felony, second degree murder.
When individuals overdose and die, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating further as to where the drugs originated and further investigation continues.