Woman charged in connection to husband's homicide investigation

Published: Aug. 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says a 71-year-old Johns Island woman surrendered to charges in connection to the apparent shooting murder of her husband at the hands of their son in the 1990s.

Phyllis Shand turned herself in Friday morning and was charged with obstruction of justice in connection to the homicide of her husband, David Shand, who was last seen in 1992.

Detectives say they received information from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division that Shand's granddaughter, who is currently incarcerated, had information regarding the death of David Shand.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, Sheriff Al Cannon said that his office has been working the case since June 12, and Shand's family has not been cooperative in the investigation.

A Charleston County Sheriff's Office press release states that information provided to investigators stated during the early 1990's David Shand was murdered by his son, Jason Shand, while at a home on Patton Avenue on Johns Island. During the initial investigation, authorities say Phyllis Shand told investigators that her husband had left her 4 or 5 years ago and had not seen or heard from him since.

Then on June 14, 2013, during an interview with investigators, Phyllis Shand said that sometime in the early 1990s, her husband had held her at gunpoint in the bedroom for three days. According to Phyllis Shand, when her son, Jason Shand, attempted to intervene, an argument between father and son started which reportedly became physical.

Shortly after the altercation, Phyllis Shand said she heard what sounded like gunshots, and was then told by Jason Shand to stay in the room. Authorities say when Phyllis Shand left the room, she did not see her husband.

According to the sheriff's office, Jason Shand reportedly told his mother,"You won't see him again, he's gone."

Sheriff Al Cannon said Phyllis Shand began to tell people that her husband died in a Veteran's Hospital in Florida in the 1990s and said that he had left the relationship and did not know where he went. The sheriff's office says there is no documentation of his death.

No missing person report was filed on David Shand, and his body has never been located. There were no prior reports of domestic violence between the couple.

Bond was set at $10,000 Friday morning for Phyllis Shand.

Authorities say Jason Shand died in 2005 in a single vehicle accident in Berkeley County. No foul play was suspected in the incident.

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