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Suspect in Sumter shooting that killed father, sons appears in court for first time

A magistrate court judge is not able to set bond on charges as severe as what Martin is facing, so he was denied bond until a higher court could review them.

SUMTER, S.C. — Bond was denied Tuesday for the man accused of killing a Sumter father and his two sons and sending a pregnant woman to the hospital over the weekend.

Eugene Martin, 27, has been charged with three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder, as well as burglary in the incident.

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Due to the severity of the charges, the magistrate court judge had to deny Martin’s bond until a higher court could review the charges.

“Mr. Martin, your charges, some carry a potential penalty of life. When a charge carries a potential penalty of life bond is set by a circuit court judge,” Judge Kelly Jackson said. “Your bond is denied on these particular charges, I’ll be referring it to the circuit court judge.”

Martin is the suspect in a shooting that killed Raymond Davis and his two sons Randy and Marcus.

Family tell News19 Marcus was in a relationship with a woman who police say was also shot in the home that night.

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She was carrying a baby boy who had to be removed by emergency C-section and has since been in critical condition.

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Raymond Davis, 61, and his two sons Randy Davis, 36, and Marcus Davis, 32, died at the scene.

At the hearing, Martin signed that he understood the charges he faces.

His first court appearance is currently scheduled for January 8th, according to Judge Jackson.