A Svannah man is now facing murder charges in connection with a beating incident over the weekend. Chatham Cunty police were called to the Svannah Mtor Ldge on Oeechee Rad about 2am Sunday morning, where they found 32-year-old Steven Shumate unconscious. Investigators say 41-year-old Reginald Thompson beat Shumate with a table leg. Witnesses say he repeatedly shouted, "I want my money."
Shumate was taken to Memorial Health where he died this afternoon. Police believe drugs may have been the motive in this case.