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Man accused of killing Myranda Southern denied bond

LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man deputies said met Myranda Southern days before killing her appeared in a Laurens County courtroom Monday morning where a judge denied his bond.

FOX Carolina was in court for 33-year-old Darrell Raines Jr.'s bond hearing. Raines appeared before a circuit court judge on the charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Lauren County Sheriff Ricky Chastain said Raines met Southern online, and they met in person for the first time a week before her death.

Southern was last seen alive on Aug. 19 in Greenville County. Deputies said she was supposed to be heading to Zellwood, FL, to visit family and never got there.

Her body was found Aug. 23 in a grassy area off of Bramlett Church Road in Gray Court.

Authorities said they could not release a motive following Raines arrest in August, but they said they were confident in their evidence.

During Raines' hearing Monday, prosecutor Dale Scott said Raines told investigators that Southern failed to show up for a meeting but cell phone records showed otherwise.

"Her phone was at a Bi-Lo in Simpsonville and his phone was in the same vicinity, the two phones went from there into Laurens County," Scott said.

He said Raines then tried to use the phone and Facebook to make it appear Southern was still alive. Scott said there was evidence Raines posted a message to her account.

According to Scott, surveillance video shows Raines use Southern's debit card and taking money out after she went missing.

During the hearing, Raines remained quiet and his attorney told the judge he was not a flight risk and did not have a criminal past.

Raines family declined to talk to FOX Carolina at the hearing, but they said previously that their son was innocent and believed he was framed. In August, they told FOX Carolina that Raines had called them since his arrest, and told them he didn't do it.

A friend of Southern said she was shocked to learn Raines was charged in her friend's death, saying Raines was the last person that was known to have spoken to Southern on Aug. 19.

Raines' next court date has not been set. The judge said his attorney can retry for a bond hearing after they have had more time to review evidence in the case.

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