Fairfield Co. man charged with killing parents

Matthew Mahorsky (Source: Fairfield County Detention Center)
Matthew Mahorsky (Source: Fairfield County Detention Center)

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The 40-year-old son of a husband and wife found brutally murdered Monday morning has been charged with killing them. 

Fairfield County Chief Deputy Keith Lewis says Matthew Mahorsky has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Mahorsky was taken into custody shortly after a deputy checking on the well-being of his parents discovered their bodies in the front yard of the home near the intersection of Highway 215 and Highway 34.

Lewis says 71-year-old Richard and 70-year-old Ruth Marion Mahorsky were shot in the head with a high-powered rifle. 

During the search for the gunman, deputies found Matthew inside the garage. He exited the house without incident and was taken into custody for questioning.

Deputies filed the charges late Tuesday morning.   

Authorities recovered a rifle from inside the home. It is unclear if the weapon was used in the murders.

Lewis said the sheriff's department arrested Mahorsky in 2004 after an altercation at the same home. He was charged with presenting and pointing a firearm at his father.

Matthew's mother diffused that situation by talking him into putting the gun down and going into the house, Lewis said.

The parents then called law enforcement, indicating Matthew's struggle with mental illness, according to deputies.

He pleaded guilty to that charge and was put on three years probation.

Mahorsky is being held in the Fairfield County Detention Center.

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