Judge revokes bond for Malinowski murder suspect

Javon Gibbs

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – One of the suspects in the Zachary Malinowski disappearance was revoked bond in court Monday.

The family of the Aynor teen that went missing in 2013 was notified Friday that Javon Gibbs would be in court Feb. 6 for a hearing. Gibbs was previously granted bond after he was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Malinowski.

Zachary Malinowski’s mother, Melissa Jordan, sat anxiously in the Horry County courtroom as a judge decided whether to revoke bond for her son’s accused killer.

“It’s very emotional, any time you have to be in the same room with the people that have done this to your child,” Jordan said. “Some days I’m wondering if I’m coming or going, so sitting in there I may make it look easy but it’s definitely not.”

Police say while Gibbs was out on bond for the Malinowski case, he killed Laquan Johnson in September at a home on Kimberly drive in Conway.

Johnson’s family was not present in court Monday, and Melissa Jordan says she understands why.

“We all take these things differently. They have many days to sit in court as well. As a parent, you take it one day at a time. And if there comes day I don’t have to be in this room, I’m not going to come either,”  Jordan said.

Malinowski’s mother says when the judge revoked Gibb’s bond on her son’s murder and kidnapping charges, all she could muster was a nod of approval.

“I feel like it’s a little piece of justice for Zach but then I also feel like our neighborhood, our community is safer, with both of the boys involved behind bars now,”  Jordan said. “We will continue to look for Zach. We’re not going to stop. We’re never going to give up. And I have a great search team behind me, my CUE center couldn’t make it without them.”

Zachary Matthew Malinowski, 19, of Conway had been living with his grandparents when he was reported missing in 2013. A relative found the burnt remains of his car in the woods in September of 2013 and his body has still not been found.

Javon Gibbs and Christopher Brown were arrested in December of 2014 and were both charged with kidnapping and murder in connection to the missing teen.

The other suspect in the Malinowski case was also arrested in connection to another crime while he was out on bond. The Horry County Police Department arrested Christopher Anfony Brown after they say he shot a man in the leg after an argument at a Burger King drive-thru in November 2015. The victim told police Brown followed him from the restaurant to D Street and Rose Moss Road, where the shooting happened.