WHITMIRE — The fatal shooting of an elderly man is still under investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office which could soon be bringing the case to the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched early Sunday afternoon to a residence at 123 Wilkerson Road in the Whitmire area of the county in reference to a domestic call. When they arrived, they discovered the lifeless body of James K. Smith, 75, in a house next to his residence.
Sheriff David Taylor said that the house Smith’s body was found in was that of a relative. Taylor declined, however, to state what the relationship was between Smith and the relative. He also declined to discuss the nature of the domestic call deputies were responding to when they found Smith’s body.
Taylor said that the investigation is continuing with investigators interviewing more witnesses. He added that his office was waiting for the pathologist’s report on the autopsy performed on Smith’s body.
While he would not comment further on the investigation itself, Taylor did say that his office will be conferring soon with the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office about the case. He declined, however, to give any more information about what that consultation would involve.
Sunday’s incident was the second fatal shooting in less than a month in Union County.
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the lifeless body of Kenneth “Kenny” C. Therell, 38, 414 C Street, Jonesville, was found lying in the road on Upper Pump Hollow, a dead end road of Pump Hollow Road in Jonesville.
Therell was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy performed on his body the next day determined his death was a homicide. The autopsy found that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.
In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the Jonesville shooting is also being investigated by the Jonesville Police Department and SLED which dispatched its Crime Scene Unit to assist in the gathering of evidence.
The investigation into Therell’s death is also continuing.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.