Accessory charge dropped for woman in deadly Bluffton shooting case
BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - A woman previously charged in connection to the deadly drive-by shooting of Bluffton High School student D’won Fields Jr. is now free.
Family and friends of Fields gathered at the Beaufort County Detention Center where Shayniah Void had her court hearing. Ultimately the defense and prosecution agreed that her charge was not appropriate after hearing Friday’s testimony.
Police say on the night of March 5 they responded to a single vehicle accident. They found the driver, D’won Fields Jr. unresponsive. Two passengers were also hurt. Police say they saw bullet holes in the car.
Investigators said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. They say the Voids told police they spotted D’won Fields Jr. and his friends at a Wendy’s and thought they were people that Jimmie Green considered enemies. They stayed and watched until Green, Tyleic Chaneyfield and the unknown person showed up. They all followed Fields and his friends as they left Wendy’s.
That’s when the Voids said the people in Green’s car shot at Fields’s car. The Voids told police they didn’t know the others were going to shoot anyone. Afterward, police say Green told the Voids to delete his info from their phones, which they did. Police say this was so Green couldn’t be linked to the crime.
Shayniah Void had been charged with accessory after the fact of murder, police say, because of the deleted phone information. During Friday’s hearing the prosecution called on an investigator with the Bluffton Police Department who explained the probable cause for her arrest.
“Shayniah Void knowingly assisted in facilitating the suspects in this incident. Shayniah Void also knowingly concealed facts and evidence of this incident to include the identity of Jimmie Green and two other suspects from detectives until she was confronted with additional information disproving her original statement,” said the investigator.
The defense then made a motion to drop the charge.
“Maybe there’s some other charges that could be [inaudible], but certainly not the charge of accessory after the fact of a felony,” said the defense.
The prosecution said they agree with the motion.
“I would have to say that based on the testimony of investigator [inaudible] here this morning, I do agree that the charge of accessory after the fact of murder is not the appropriate charge for Ms. Void today based on this information,” said the prosecution.
This motion does mean that Shayniah Void is being freed. Her brother Jayden Void also had his accessory charge dropped. Channeyfield and Green still face murder charges in this case. Police say the investigation is ongoing as they try to identify the third person in Green’s car.
Friends and family react
Friends and classmates of Fields say he left a positive impact on everybody and he had no enemies.
Fields’s classmates say he was a great person and they’re not surprised at how many people showed up Friday to support finding justice for him.
“It was really heartbreaking losing someone that was so close with everybody. Even if you weren’t like physically close to him he was always there,” said former classmate Lauren Black.
“We know he deserves justice. Everyone around here loves him so much. He was just such a kind person. He never wanted to hurt anyone and we’re just here to support and be there for anyone that needs it,” said former classmate Sophie Chambella.
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