Deputies call Florence shooting a 'retaliation killing'

An investigator with the Florence County Sheriff's Office called the murder of Edward Windham, 33, Wednesday night on Candy Lane in South Florence a retaliation killing.

Deputies have charged Corey Allen with Murder and his brother Frederick Allen with Accessory Before the Fact of Murder.

The lead investigators said during a court hearing Thursday that the Allens wanted Windham dead because Windham had been charged in the murder of their brother Roger Allen in 2004.

A jury found Windham not guilty of Allen's killing in 2008.

"So, this is a retaliation killing according to witnesses and information that we got," said Investigator Thomas McFadden.

McFadden said Windham was ambushed while riding his moped and shot several times.

An autopsy is underway to determine exactly how many times Windham was shot, McFadden said.

A woman who lives on Candy Lane said her 16-year-old son witnessed the killing.

She did not want to be identified or interviewed on camera but she said a woman in a van came up to her son and told him to be careful because something was about to happen.

"He came home and he was like Ma, a lady pulled up beside me and he said that she said be careful because something is about to happen. And he said he didn't know what she was talking about," she said.

The woman said minutes later her son saw a man talking with another man inside a car. She added that he then saw Edward Windham pull up on his moped. She said her son told her that the man who was talking to the man in the car shot Windham five times. Windham then fell into the road.

Windham's uncle said they're hoping police will get to the bottom of why their loved one was brutally murdered.

"This is something that we need to find out directly because if it is then we definitely need to get to the bottom of it. I hate to see my nephew went down like that which it shouldn't have went down that way," said Jerome Bass.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing and could result in more arrests.

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