Johnston County dad, serviceman killed protecting woman in SC bar fight


LEXINGTON, S.C. (WSPA) – A man who attended high school in Johnston County was shot and killed at a South Carolina bar Sunday morning.

Sfc. Jonathan Michael Prins, 29, was killed during the altercation, officials said. Charles Allen Judge Jr. was also killed.

Deputies arrested Joseph Elijah Mills, 25, in connection with their deaths. He faces two counts of murder at the Lake Murray bar in Chapin, South Carolina.

Lexington deputies said Mills was involved in a fight with a woman outside the bar. Judge and Prins attempted to resolve the situation Mills shot them, officers said.

Cpt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said one man died at the scene and the second man was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Charles Judge jr
Charles Judge, Jr.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said Mills was arrested without incident at a home in Chapin Sunday afternoon.

Prins was a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson.

He attended West Johnston High School 2002-05. He leaves behind a wife and three small children, Marrissa 9, Savannah 6, and Julian, 3.

A GoFundMe has been established to help the Prins family.

Judge Jr. is originally from the Spartanburg area, according to 218th Leadership Regiment 1st Bn Engineers. Judge graduated from Landrum High School in 1996.

He was active duty and a combat engineer, He had also been deployed to Iraq and served there for a tour, according to the leadership regiment.

The leadership regiment says he has family living in the Spartanburg area.

Mills is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

At his bond hearing for a murder charge, Mills said 10 men started beating him before he fired his gun.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that they are not actively searching for any other suspects after the arrest of Mills.

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