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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Files Murder Charge against Walhalla man Related to 2019 Death

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Kevin Wayne Maler

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------A Walhalla man, who is currently serving a five year prison sentence on a drug offense, has been charged with Murder and Kidnapping in relation to a 2019 death investigation.

Unsolved Crimes Investigators have charged 56 year old Kevin Wayne Maler in the death of 32 year old Kevin Kyle Craig. Craig was discovered dead at a residence located on Craigsville Drive near West Union back on May 26th, 2019.

“Investigators from our Unsolved Crimes Unit recently uncovered new evidence involving the death of Mr. Craig that allowed us to re-open the death investigation,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Based on that evidence, Investigators obtained arrest warrants charging Maler with Murder and Kidnapping.”

According to arrest warrants, Maler is accused of injecting or providing Mr. Craig with an unknown substance, thereby causing his death. Maler is also accused of confining Mr. Craig to a room in the residence.

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

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