SC State student's funeral set, no suspects in campus murder

By Jody Barr - bio | email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - A killer is still unidentified in a murder on South Carolina State University's campus last Friday.

The family of 22-year-old Jonathan Bailey of Holly Hill finalized funeral plans for the SC State electrical engineering senior on Thursday. Bailey, who was set to graduate in December, will be laid to rest at 1:00pm Saturday following a service inside Lake Marion High School's gym. Bailey is a 2006 graduate of Lake Marion.

Orangeburg County deputies responded to a car crash around 11:15 p.m. Friday and found Bailey's car on the front lawn of the university's Campus Services office building. The car ran over a sign out front, then slammed into the front of the building. Officers reported finding "and entrance and exit wound" in Bailey's upper body, according to a university press release.

Paramedics rushed Bailey to a Columbia hospital, where he later died from a single gunshot wound, according to his father, Johnny Jefferson. University police later called the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to the scene to help investigate the murder.

On Thursday, SC State University Police Chief Michael Bartley said investigators have not tracked down a suspect in the shooting, and have not found any witnesses to the shooting. Bartley confirmed that the shooting happened at the university's Queen Village student housing complex on Baldwin Street.

Investigators think Bailey was shot inside his car, then drove it less than a block before crashing on Russell Street. Bartley said agents were working on leads in the case, but would not comment further. "We're aggressively investigating and spending countless man hours on this case," Bartley said. "At this point, we're doing quite a bit of one-on-one interviews with some possible witnesses or potential witnesses or anyone that may have information that leads to an arrest in this case."

Dispatch records show Orangeburg County dispatchers notified SCSU Police at 11:14 p.m. Friday concerning "an accident at Campus Services and Marriage Houses...if any assistance needed call back," according to the department's dispatch logs. Five minutes later, the first campus officer arrived on-scene at Queens Village.

Six minutes after the first dispatch, the first campus officer arrived at the Russell Street scene and found Bailey's body. The logs show the first SC State University Police command officer, Anthony Craft, arrived on scene 32 minutes after the initial call.

WIS has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for Orangeburg County 911 dispatch calls related to the shooting. You can count on complete details as soon as we receive them.

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