Man convicted in Summerville death surrenders for Ridgeville shooting

Man convicted in Summerville death surrenders for Ridgeville shooting

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man who was convicted in connection to the death of a 25-year-old man at a bar in Summerville surrendered to investigators last week for a shooting.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office charged 30-year-old Jonathan Richard Powell of Adams Run with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Powell had been found guilty in 2013 of involuntary manslaughter for the 2011 death of Richard Edward Duttine, and served served less than a year for the charge.

Powell turned himself over to investigators last week on April 20 for a shooting in Ridgeville that happened on April 12.

Powell's attorney, Kerry Koon, said he couldn't say much about the case but stated,"When things come out there will be a whole different side of the story."

Powell's recent charges stem from an incident at the Blackwater Bait and Tackle on Highway 17 A where deputies responded to an altercation outside of the business and gun shots fired. 

Authorities say emergency officials told deputies that a patient, who was hit, was transported to Colleton County Medical Center by a personal vehicle.  Investigators met with the 24-year-old victim at the hospital who said he had been shot at three times by Powell, with one round grazing the left side of his head. 

The victim said he was at the bar so a friend of his could pick something up to eat. According to the victim, he never got out of the car during the incident. 

The victim reported that he saw Powell leave the bar, come towards the car and started screaming at him,"You want to (expletive) my girl," and then started beating on the car. 

At one point, the victim said Powell told him that he was going to get a gun out of his truck. The victim said after he heard one shot, he got out of the car to find cover around the vehicle. 

The victim reported that Powell then came around the car and fired twice, with one bullet striking him in the head. The victim's two friends then put the victim into the car and attempted to leave. 

One of the victim's friends said another person caused damage to the front windshield of the vehicle. 

The sheriff's office is continuing the investigation. 

In 2011, Powell was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Richard Edward Duttine of Summerville. 

Powell's attorney said his client was given five years suspended for the charge and served less than a year in prison. 

According to investigators, in August of 2011, Duttine threw a punch targeting a man at the Moonshine Saloon. Prosecutors said Powell then jumped from a car to help the man and punched Duttine, who fell to the ground.

Duttine was transported to the hospital where he later died. 

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