Judge denies bond to man accused of opening fire at cemetery; Claimed people were trespassing

VIDEO: Judge denies bond to man accused of opening fire at cemetery; Claimed people were trespassing

COTTAGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Monday afternoon for a Cottageville man who was arrested Sunday after deputies say he shot at people in a cemetery.

A judge denied bond on the attempted murder charges against Sheldon Rhodes Monday afternoon. (Source: Live 5)
A judge denied bond on the attempted murder charges against Sheldon Rhodes Monday afternoon. (Source: Live 5)

Fifty-one year old Sheldon Rhodes was arrested by Colleton County deputies at his home on Sherman Lane and charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

A judge denied bond on the attempted murder charges, but set bond at $10,000 on the weapon charge.

Four people went to the graveyard to lay flowers on their loved ones graves and one of them moved some logs that were blocking the entrance, an incident report states.

The report states a man later identified as Rhodes tried to stop them and said, “I’ll get my gun, I’ll be back.”

One of the victims told deputies not less then two minutes later he heard gunshots whizzing by him.

He said he returned gunfire and all four ran for cover.

Another victim said Rhodes fired four to five shots at them from his house.

The shooting incident was reported Sunday at the Burr Hill Cemetery in Cottageville. (Source: Live 5)
The shooting incident was reported Sunday at the Burr Hill Cemetery in Cottageville. (Source: Live 5)

One of the men called 911.

When deputies got there, Rhodes showed them a survey that he said proved he owned the land the cemetery sits on.

Deputies say he does not own the land.

A bond hearing was scheduled for later Monday.

At the time of the shooting Rhodes was free on bond for assault.

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