Observer Staff

Editor's note: This article was updated at 2:00 p.m. on May 3, 2019 with the correct name for Ronald D. Lee.

Steve Hamilton appeared via video call from the Union County Jail Monday for a brief bail hearing in which the hearing was postponed until June 25, the date already settled upon as the plea hearing for the case.

The bail hearing was pushed back in order to give Hamilton’s lawyer, Kara Davis of Pendleton, more time to get acquainted with the case. She mentioned Hamilton likely does not have the money to pay bail anyway, but she was not able to work out the details with her client before the hearing.

Kelsie McDaniel, who represents the state as Union County’s District Attorney, had no objection to postponing the date that bail would be set.

Hamilton and Ronald D. Lee were arrested after indictments issued by a Union County Grand Jury following an investigation by the Union County Major Crimes Team into the November 2018 murder of Loretta Williams, of Cove.

Both men were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, although Lee was arrested in late February, about four weeks before Hamilton.

The Observer reported Williams called 911 at approximately 1:40 a.m. Nov. 17 to report a man in her backyard. The dispatchers heard her confront the man and then heard a loud noise.

Deputies and troopers arrived within minutes and found Williams dead of one or more apparent gunshot wounds.

Lee and Williams were married until July 2018, according to court records. Lee is being held without bail. Both men will not again appear in court until the June 25 plea hearing.

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