“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Investigate Fatal Shooting”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has continued to investigate the deadly shooting that occurred on Sunny Lane in Pickens during the evening hours on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Robin Janette Smith (39 yoa) was found deceased in the driveway of #110 Sunny Lane with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Paul Scott Bennett (58 yoa) of #110 Sunny Lane is still detained in the Pickens County Detention Center after a Pickens County Magistrate denied bond earlier today on the two previously reported charges of Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

The investigation is still on-going and detectives thus far have determined that the incident stemmed from a verbal confrontation that started earlier Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Bennett called authorities at approximately 4:30pm on Saturday and stated that he had been personally shot at by trespassers on his property.

Deputies arrived on the scene to investigate; however, Bennett recanted his story and stated that no one had been on his property and that he had heard gunshots in the distance by an unknown party.

Detectives do not believe that any other person fired any shots during the fatal encounter and the only weapon recovered at the scene was a .9mm handgun that detectives have reason to believe was brought to the encounter by Mr. Bennett.

Again, this case is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time until additional interviews can be conducted and detectives have had time to complete the investigation.



“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Kidnapping of Pickens Resident Later Found in Oconee County “

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the alleged kidnapping of a woman from her residence on Holly Springs School Rd. that occurred at approximately 9:30am on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Pickens County was notified at approximately 12:30pm yesterday by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an abandoned Jeep Cherokee registered to a Pickens County resident. The vehicle was found on the roadside of Highway 183 near the Oconee Nuclear Station in Oconee County.

As Pickens County deputies were responding to the Pickens County residence to investigate, Oconee authorities advised that they had located the owner of the vehicle nearby after allegedly being forced from the vehicle by an unknown assailant and physically thrown into Lake Keowee.

A joint investigation between Oconee and Pickens County has determined that an unknown male wearing an orange colored mask allegedly abducted the female (66yoa) from her residence on Holly Springs School Rd. as she was attempting to enter her vehicle.

The unknown male forced the victim to drive him to various locations near the lake and at approximately 11:00am he made her stop the vehicle near the bridge on Hwy 183 and exit the vehicle. The suspect forced the victim to go with him down through a wooded area to the water’s edge where she was pushed into the lake.

A security officer from the Oconee Nuclear Station later observed the female in the water near the facility’s property and was able to provide her with assistance.

The victim did not sustain any serious injuries and the suspect has not been identified or located. The motive for the incident has yet to be determined.

The assailant is further described as being approximately 6’ tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue sweat shirt and black pants. His race is unknown at this time.

Anyone that may have any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.