Bond denied on murder suspect

By Kasie Strickland -

PICKENS — Albert Bowen, the man accused of shooting and killing former Pickens High School Coach Bill Isaacs and neighbor Dickie Stewart, will remain in the custody of the Pickens County Detention Facility until trial.

According to Pickens County Sheriff Chief Deputy Creed Hashe, the bond hearing for Bowen was waived by request of the Public Defender’s office, which is currently representing him. As a result, bond was denied. A trial date has not been set.

Bowen has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime for his alleged actions against Isaacs and Stewart on Monday.

News reports have aired suggesting that Stewart was not an intended victim.

While initially it was reported that both men were gunned down in the side yard of the residence on North Homestead Drive, family members of Stewart have come forward and stated that Isaacs was shot first and Stewart was killed after he heard the shot and came to the aid of his friend.

The PCSO was not able to confirm the statements of the Stewart family.

A public memorial service for Coach Isaacs has been scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the old Pickens High School stadium (Bruce Field). Those attending are asked to wear Blue Flame blue.

By Kasie Strickland

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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