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10/15/2018 10:29:00 AM
Teen arrested in connection with deadly shooting in Hodges

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.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Article comment by: Jessica Byers

This is so sad. He has his whole life ahead of him. You know he has to be filled with regret. A person's life can change in an instant. One mistake or unthoughtful action can turn your life upside down. It makes me think of how quickly the Lord can come and we will not even realize that it is too late

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018
Article comment by: Kareem Goode


Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018
Article comment by: Marshay Goodwin

So let me make sure I understand this correctly. This boy takes an innocent person's life with his family sitting next to him. Endangering the other family members & the judge let's him out on a PR bond & only removes the weapons from him home & put him on curfew? This is unacceptable. That is murder & attempted murder & the court system knows it. The country has the nerve to be angry when we kneel for the national anthem. Why should we stand & acknowledge it. There is no justice for all & he murdered a veteran so where's the respect for him?,

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