ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An Orangeburg County jury has found a 69-year-old man guilty of murder in a shooting that resulted from a fight over a debt of about $400.
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports a jury deliberated about two hours Thursday before finding George Hughes guilty in the shooting death of 59-year-old Michael Kemmerlin last November.
Hughes was sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
He acknowledged shooting the victim five times, but said it was self-defense because he said Kemmerlin was coming at him with a knife.
The victim had once rented a home from Hughes and owed him $410 for back rent.