A 33-year-old Florence man that was critically wounded in a Lynchburg shooting incident back in November has now been charged with the murder of the other victim in the case, a 70-year-old man found dead in his home.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has charged George Shine with murder as well as possession of a weapon during a violent crime for his alleged role in the death of 70-year-old Joseph Frey. Shine was taken into custody earlier this weekend and is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
The arrest comes nearly three months after investigators were called to a confusing crime scene involving multiple victims.
Back on Nov. 18, when deputies first responded to calls regarding a possible shooting at a residence in the 3300 block of Narrow Paved Road, they found the two victims: Frey, who was unconscious, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds; and Shine, who had been shot once in the chest but was conscious. The Sumter County Coroner’s Office pronounced Frey dead at the scene, while Shine was treated by Sumter County Emergency Medical Services before being airlifted to a Florence-area hospital for treatment. Shine’s injury left him in critical condition, requiring multiple medical procedures, and delayed investigators the chance to interview him about the incident.
Maj. Allen Dailey of the sheriff’s office said investigators ultimately determined Frey and Shine shot each other, with Frey firing apparently in self-defense. But determining this was hindered by another man, 43-year-old Travis Byron Jones, also of Florence, who was located uninjured at the scene.
Jones was likely the person who contacted law enforcement about the shooting, but after being interviewed extensively by investigators and apparently providing multiple, conflicting accounts of what happened at the home, he was charged with obstructing justice. Jones was later released from custody on a $50,000 bond. Dailey said Jones does not face any other charges at this time.