YORK -- Bond was again denied Monday for the Rock Hill man police said confessed in February to robbing multiple stores and shooting four people.
Philip Fleming Watts Jr., 20, will remain in jail until his trial. Neither Watts nor his family spoke during the court session.
"Mr. Watts was disappointed with the outcome of his hearing," said Watts' attorney, B.J. Barrowclough. "He looks forward to defending the charges in court."
Authorities have linked Watts to seven York County robberies. He faces charges including four counts of assault and battery with intent to kill; two counts of kidnapping and six counts of armed robbery.
Watts previously was denied bond on those charges, but earlier this month requested another hearing.
Police say Watts' crime spree began in December and ended Feb. 14 after an attempted armed robbery at Cash on the Spot, where he shot a customer, Ida Neal Lord.
"Ms. Lord walks in," said 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett. "Mr. Watts comes up behind her and puts her in a headlock, shooting her once in the head. ... She fell down on the ground. He shot her once more in the back."
Sweat residue and a fingerprint linked Watts to that incident, Brackett said. On Feb. 18, Watts was arrested at a Rock Hill condominium and confessed that day to seven robberies, police said.
Those robberies included one on Feb. 5, when police say Watts robbed Fort Mill's John Boy's Valero and shot clerk Yen Nguyen and former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers, who was a customer.
"He walked up to the counter, fired the gun one time, missing," Brackett said. "He jumped over the counter, took control of the clerk, forced her to hand over the money and shot her in the stomach."
On Jan. 28, Ping Chen was shot twice during an armed robbery at Rock Hill's Saltwater Seafood Market, Brackett said.
"He shot Ping Chen in the shoulder, walked back over to where she lay on the floor and pointed the gun to her head," Brackett said.
The second bullet struck Chen in her hand as she tried to cover her face.
"Mr. Watts must never ever be in a position to do this again," Brackett said. "These were all horrible crimes."
Those crimes weren't Watts' first encounters with the judicial system, Thompson said. In 2000, authorities charged Watts with interfering on a school bus, and he received community service and probation, Thompson said.
Two years later, Watts was charged with three counts of strong-arm robbery, three counts of simple assault and battery and use of a vehicle without owner's consent, Thompson said. A judge sentenced him to house arrest, Thompson said.
In 2005, Watts was charged with armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; simple assault and battery; driving without a license and malicious injury to property, Thompson said. Those charges resulted in Watts being in custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice from 2005 until September 2007, Thompson said.
About three months later, prosecutors say, Watts' criminal behavior continued with a robbery at a convenience store on South Anderson Road and two at a convenience store on South Charlotte Avenue.
In those incidents, Brackett said, handguns were used only to threaten clerks. But things changed with the seafood market armed robbery and subsequent robberies, where a total of four people were shot.
"The court is very concerned that if you were released, you could be a danger to others in the community," Judge Lee Alford said Monday before giving his decision, evoking tears from Watts' family.
Watts' alleged victims were pleased with Alford's decision.
"We're glad no bond was set," former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers said as Ida Neal Lord sat in a wheelchair nearby. "This lady is mighty brave to be here today. We're glad to see her out."
Lord suffered brain damage and is partially paralyzed on her left side from the Feb. 14 shooting at Cash on the Spot, Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson said.
"It's a miracle she's alive," he said.
Brackett planned to set Watts' trial date within 60 days. Watts remained in custody Monday at York County Detention Center.