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‘We never gave up’: Sheriff announces arrest in 2004 cold case murder

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 2:09 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2021 at 6:29 PM EDT
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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest Tuesday in connection with a deadly shooting 17 years ago.

Xavier D. Williams, 41, has been arrested in the murder of Fred L. Greene Jr., Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis announced at a news conference.

The shooting happened on Nov. 1, 2004, at the Diplomat Club on Diplomat Lane in Ladson, he said.

Deputies responded that morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. where they found Greene, 28, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at an area hospital.

Lewis said investigators believe Williams sought out Greene “and basically ambushed him inside the club.”

“We believe, we have not substantiated this, we believe through different street talk that Xavier Williams believed that Fred was involved as a witness to another shooting that happened in North Charleston previously,” Lewis said. “Of course, we don’t know the true answers at this point, all the answers, but we believe Green was retaliated against just because he was at that scene.”

Xavier Williams, left, is facing a charge of murder in the 2004 shooting of Fred L. Green Jr,...
Xavier Williams, left, is facing a charge of murder in the 2004 shooting of Fred L. Green Jr, right.(Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

Williams was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force in Charleston, Lewis said.

“It’s taken us a long time to get where we are,” Lewis said. “I hope you understand that we never gave up.”

Lewis said investigators did not get a lot of cooperation from witnesses of the shooting, which occurred in a nightclub. He said people were reluctant to talk for a variety of reasons.

He was being held without bond on the murder charge because only a circuit court judge can set bond on a murder charge, he said.

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