Coffee mug beating suspect to face charges in SC

Chase Lewis McClary. Photo Source: Mecklenburg County Detention Center
Chase Lewis McClary. Photo Source: Mecklenburg County Detention Center

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A 22-year-old man accused of beating a Pee Dee teen with a broken coffee mug on Aug. 20 will be extradited to South Carolina, according to officials.

The extradition comes after Chase Lewis McClary agreed to waive extradition to South Carolina during a bond hearing in North Carolina on Thursday.

"According to a document filed with the North Carolina General Court of Justice in Mecklenburg County, McClary voluntarily agreed to waive the issuance and service of the Governor's Warrant and all other procedures incident to extradition, clearing the way for his return to South Carolina," Capt. Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office said.

McClary was arrested on Sept. 2 in Charlotte by officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The 22-year-old was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after he was accused of beating a 16-year-old with a broken coffee mug and using racial slurs during an altercation at a Florence County apartment complex on Aug. 20.

Officials said the victim received "extensive cuts" and injuries to his face that required significant medical care.

Further investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Department of Justice could lead officials to classify the incident as a hate crime due to the use of racial slurs.

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