On Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 at around 9 p.m. a teen turned himself in to the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the fatal shooting incident that happened last Wednesday night in Hodges S.C.
Eason Reid Gravley, 17 was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a handgun in connection with the shooting death of Joe Darius Black, 48 of Johns Creek Road in Hodges SC.
According to GCSO investigation, they believe the bullet that killed Black came from someone shooting at a nearby road sign. The road sign was located at the T-intersection of Pinetree Drive and Deadfall Road. Investigators say the bullet either passed through the sign or by the sign, traveled through a wooded area in front of Black’s residence and striking him in the chest. Black was sitting on his front porch along with his wife and children when he was struck.
Black was a retired US Marine with over 20 years of service.
Gravely was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond from the Greenwood County Detention Center. As a condition of his release, a Magistrate Judge ordered all firearms be removed from his home and that Gravley will be under a curfew.