2016-08-24 / Front Page

Gaffney man charged with murder in Chesnee fatal shooting incident

Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com

MICHAEL HAM MICHAEL HAM A Gaffney man has been charged by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office with murder following an investigation into a July shooting incident in Chesnee.

On Sunday it was announced that Michael David Ham, 24, of Camp Ferry Road, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the July 27 shooting of Don Russell “Rusty” Turner at 138 Whiteside Drive in Chesnee.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office also announced that Tiffany Renae Kirby, 27, of Jonestown Road, Chesnee, has been charged with accessory after the fact of a felony as part of the same investigation.

“Violent Crimes investigators have worked around the clock since the homicide on (July 27) and have followed up several leads,” sheriff’s office spokesman Master Deputy Darren Dukes said in a written release Sunday.

Dukes said both Ham and Kirby were served with arrest warrants while they were incarcerated in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on other charges.

Both Ham and Kirby remained lodged in the Spartanburg jail as of Tuesday. Ham’s bond on the murder charge will have to be set by a Circuit Court judge.

No information about any alleged motives have been released.

Spartanburg County Coroner Charles Clevenger said the manner of Turner’s death was a homicide and an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be internal hemorrhage secondary to gunshot wounds.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to Turner’s residence at approximately 10:30 p.m. July 27 and found paramedics tending to Turner, who was on the ground across the threshold of his front door.

The brief incident report indicates only that the coroner’s office and crime scene investigators subsequently were requested and that crime scene tape was placed around the scene.

In a even more brief supplemental incident report, an investigator simply states Kirby and Ham were developed as suspects in the case.

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