Sheriff’s Office: Argument over child safety turns deadly in Orangeburg County

From Left to Right: Luther Brandell Green and Kimberly Young

An Orangeburg County man is in custody after an argument turned deadly at a boat landing over the July 4th holiday weekend.

The shooting took place at Indian Bluff, a public boat landing and recreational area located about five miles east of Santee.

Witnesses told investigators there had been arguments most of Sunday over what they said was a personal watercraft being operated close to shore where several children were playing. Witnesses said Luther Brandell Green was a passenger on the watercraft. Around 4 p.m. the argument “flared up again,” according to the incident report. Witnesses said that when Green and Adrian Eaglin the two men got into a physical altercation, Eaglin was shot at close range.

Adrian Eaglin, 20, of Rangler Trail, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say Eaglin suffered at least one gunshot wound to the torso. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Newberry.

“This was truly a senseless act of violence,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “Cooler heads should have prevailed but obviously this got way out of hand. It’s just tragic. One life has been taken and another life destroyed by this single act.”

Luther Green, 30, is facing a charge of murder after fatally shooting Eaglin. Kimberly Young, 25, of Ridgeland, is being charged with obstruction and accessory after the fact of a felony.

Green was taken into custody a short while later at a Santee hotel. A revolver recovered in Green’s room is being tested to determine if it was used in the shooting.

Young’s charges originated when investigators attempted to locate Green in Santee. A woman at his hotel room said she didn’t know who Green was when investigators asked.

Green is expected to make his first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Orangeburg County Law Enforcement Complex on Ellis Avenue.

Green made his first court appearance on Tuesday, July 7 where a magistrate judge formally presented him with his rights. We’re told the judge told Green he would have to petition a circuit court judge for any bond consideration.

Bond for Kimberly Young was set at $30,000 for her obstruction and accessory after the fact of a felony charges.

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