Friday, July 31, 2015
A jury found Terry Williams of Lane guilty of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during a violent crime in the 2013 shooting death of Larry Moore, Jr. The three-day trial began on July 28, and was held at the Williamsburg County Courthouse with Judge R. Knox McMahan presiding. The jurors deliberated less than two hours before reaching the verdict. They also found Williams guilty of aggravated assault and battery in connection to an injury to his wife Reva McFadden, from whom he was separated at the time of the incident. The shooting took place on November 10, 2013 at a club in Greeleyville. Testimony at trial indicated Williams shot at Moore seven times with an AK47, and that Moore sustained five gunshot wounds. The weapon was never recovered. The only known eyewitness to the shooting was Williams' wife, who was also shot in the foot at the time Moore was killed. Williams was originally charged with murder, and faced a possible life sentence. He was sentenced to 30 years on the manslaughter charge, 20 years on the aggravated assault charge and 5 years on the weapon charge. All sentences will run concurrently. Williams' attorney, Shaun C. Kent of Kent Law Firm in Manning, requested a new trial but the judge denied his request. Kent said they will file post-trial motions.
The News is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not The News.