Authorities identify man found shot to death

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young man whose life was taken during this senseless act of violence. We hope holding Meggett responsible for the death of their loved one will provide them with a sense of closure so they can begin the healing process. This was a multi-jurisdictional effort, so we want to thank all the agencies who assisted and helped get this guy behind bars so quickly." -- Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds

Irmo suspect is arrested after man’s body found; also, Ware Shoals senior dies after prom in alleged felony DUI, Mountville woman's body found


Authorities have identified Ervin Chauncey Meggeth, 22, of 437 London Pride Rd., Irmo, as a suspect in the shooting death of a man whose body was found Sunday morning on I-26, at the Laurens-Newberry County line.

The victim has been identified as Malik Hosea Kluttz, of Lord Howe Road, Irmo. Authorities believe Meggett, Kluttz and a woman were returning to Irmo from North Carolina when the men argued, and the victim was shot to death. The suspect, arrested at his residence, was brought to the Johnson Detention Center about 2 a.m. Monday, a report said. 

Sheriff Don Reynolds said the victim was shot twice, and exited a vehicle in Laurens County falling in Newberry County. Officers responded to the scene about 7:30 a.m. Sunday after a report of a body lying by the highway.

A warrant charges Meggeth with some time between April 6 and 7, with malice, causing the victim’s death by shooting.

Also, Greenville County authorities have identified the suspect in a felony DUI Saturday night as Carter Owens, 27. It was the first of two felony DUI cases brought in Greenville County over the weekend.

Owens is accused in the traffic death of Trinity Brandasia Harrison, 18, of Greenwood County and a Ware Shoals High School student.

She was on her way home from the prom. A report said the collision between a vehicle Owens was driving and a vehicle in which Harrison was a passenger was head-on. The wreck happened on Hwy 25, a report said. 

The wreck occurred about 11:35 pm and Harrison died early Sunday at the hospital, a report said. 

Grief counselors were on duty Monday morning in the WSHS auditorium to assist the students and staff. A portion of the Ware Shoals attendance area is in Laurens County.

"Drinking and driving is, by far, one of the most selfish acts because it is the innocent ones who suffer at the hands of your recklessness. Please do not drink and drive, folks,"  District 50 School Board Facebook statement said.

Seven people were killed on SC highways during the weekend, according to the state Department of Public Safety.




Mountville Woman’s Body Found in Shallow Spartanburg Grave

A Laurens County woman’s remains were one of two bodies found in shallow graves outside Spartanburg Friday. This weekend, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection with the death of two women. reports the Spartanburg Coroner identified the victims as 40-year-old Melissa Fairlee Rhymer of Revan Drive, Mountville and 27-year-old Christin Rene Bunner, of Arcadia Main Street, Spartanburg. Their graves were found by cadaver dogs at a house on Williams Street where the prime suspect once lived.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright Friday asked the public to help locate 39-year-old Jonathan “Stretch” Galligan after the two women’s bodies were found. He’s thought to have been a boyfriend of Ms. Bunner. He is now in custody. reports that another man was arrested in connection with the homicide investigation after he allegedly confessed to being with Galligan during Ms. Bunner’s murder last December. Spartanburg Deputies reportedly responded to a disturbance with weapons involved on Howard Street, Spartanburg last Wednesday night. 41-year-old Christian Hurlburt had reportedly shot himself in the head. He is hospitalized with his injuries.



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