An 18-year-old South Carolina teen who was being sought in connection with a fatal shooting turned himself in to the York County Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, the Rock Hill resident might be charged with murder. He faces a sentence of between 30 years and life in prison if he is convicted. Media reports indicate that he was denied bond and is being held at the York County Detention Center.
According to a YCSO report, the shooting took place on Wildcat Creek Road near Rock Hill at approximately 11 a.m. on June 1. The 18-year-old allegedly shot the victim after the pair became embroiled in an argument. Emergency workers transported the injured man to the Piedmont Medical Center, but he succumbed to his injuries later in the day. Deputies believe that the suspect abandoned his car shortly after the shooting and was picked up by another vehicle.
The suspect then drove to a residence in Fort Mill. This is where one of his relatives convinced him to turn himself in. A second arrest connected to the case was made when deputies attempted to stop the car that had picked the suspect up. The 27-year-old man behind the wheel of the car allegedly struck two law enforcement vehicles in his bid to escape. He is also being held at the York County Detention Center. The YCSO reported that no deputies or members of the public were injured during the attempted traffic stop.
When presented with facts like these, experienced criminal defense attorneys might urge prosecutors to take the age of the defendant into account and consider that the crime was committed in the heat of the moment. Attorneys may also advise individuals suspected of committing violent offenses who are considering turning themselves in to law enforcement to ask for a lawyer before they make any statements or answer any questions.