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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Files Charges in Relation to Early Tuesday Morning Homicide



(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has filed formal charges today in an investigation into an early Tuesday morning homicide near Seneca.


Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Singing Pines Road around 1:11am Tuesday. While heading to the scene, deputies were notified of shots being fired. When deputies arrived, they observed an individual laying in the yard.


Deputies began an investigation, which was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. The Oconee County Coroner’s Office also arrived on scene.


Based upon evidence that was gathered during the investigation, it was determined that a family dispute led to the shooting. 26 year old Wayne Austin Raffaldt, of Wolf Stake Church Road in Seneca, was arrested on scene and booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:36am. Arrest warrants were obtained today against Raffaldt charging him with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.


The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

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