Man charged with murder in shooting near Wagener; victim identified

Ricordo Williams was a wanted man Friday, after a physical altercation between him and 25-year old Kerry Eck got out of control.

ACSO Public Information Officer Captain Eric Abdullah said, "During that physical altercation, the suspect did shoot the victim in the head."

Eck died from gunshot wounds. Police found her early Friday morning, near Rawls road and Highway 39.

"We do know it was a handgun that was used," Captain Abdullah said.

He said a third person got away and was able to find help.

"She went several houses away, where she was able to call law enforcement for assistance. Right now, there is a possible motive this was in reference to the possession or a sale of legal narcotics."

Williams turned himself in Friday afternoon. Some neighbors tell Fox 54 this is rare for the street. Others say they've been trying for a petition, to get more law enforcement out to patrol the area.

Williams is facing charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.


The victim of a Thursday night shooting in Wagener has been identified.

The Aiken County Coroner's Office confirmed Kerry Eck, of Lexington, was pronounced dead near the intersection of Camp Rawls Road and Highway 39 around 3:30am Friday.

An autopsy has confirmed Eck died from a homicide as the result of severe head trauma due to a gunshot wound.


A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting near Wagener is in custody, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Ricordo Levon Williams, 31, surrendered to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office around 12:45 p.m. Friday. He is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Deputies say Williams shot and killed a man during a fight Thursday night on Jeffcoat Road near Wagener.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.


Original story: Aiken County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they say shot and killed another man Thursday night near Wagener.

Ricordo Levon Williams, 31, is wanted for murder and other related charges, according to the sheriff's department.

Deputies responded to 162 Jeffcoat Road around 9:48 p.m., according to the sheriff's department. A witness told deputies that she, her friend and the victim were meeting with Williams at the location.

Williams and the victim got in a physical altercation, and Williams shot the victim in the head, according to the sheriff's department. The witness fled the area until she could call 911.

The victim was found dead in an abandoned vehicle near the intersection of S.C. Highway 39 and Camp Rawls Road.

Investigators say that the possible motive in the case is the sale and possession of illegal narcotics.

Williams is described as a black male, 5'6" tall and about 180 pounds with long black dreadlocks.

The sheriff's department asks anyone with information about the incident to call the sheriff's office at 803-648-6811 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).