“Update: Murder Investigation”



Update: Murder Investigation

On December 19th, 2021, deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to 346 Stewart Gin Road in Liberty, South Carolina, regarding a disturbance. After arriving at the scene, deputies located an adult male deceased in the yard from an apparent gunshot wound. 

           Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the deceased, Stephen Wayne Kneece, arrived at the incident location shortly before the shooting with three other adult males. Upon arriving at the residence, Kneece, along with several other armed subjects, approached an adult male at the property, alleging that the subject owed them money. An altercation ensued, resulting in Kneece being shot by the subject.

           In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the male subject attempted to escape the area in a vehicle and, while doing so, was shot at by acquaintances of the deceased. Deputies were able to quickly locate the male subject at a nearby residence. 

            After having interviewed and located the parties present, many of whom fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement, as well as evaluated evidence recovered from the scene, Detectives with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office presented their findings to the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.  Following a review of the evidence by both the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the death of Stephen Kneece, at this time, has been determined to be a justifiable homicide; however, the investigation remains ongoing. 

            As a result of the incident, a total of three subjects have been arrested due to their actions immediately following the shooting death of Stephen Kneece.   A fourth subject, Rickey Wayne Green Jr., remains wanted in connection with this incident. 

The names and charges are listed below.


  • 2021A3910101337 Attempted Murder


  • 2021A3910101345 Attempted Murder
  • 2021A3910101346 Obstructing Justice
  • 2021A3910101347 Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime


  • 2021A3910101342 Attempted Murder
  • 2021A3910101343 Obstructing Justice
  • 2021A3910101344 Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime


  • 2021A3910101348 Attempted Murder
  • 2021A3910101349 Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime

“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Death of Piedmont Man as a Homicide”


For Immediate Release

Chad Brooks, Chief Deputy

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Death of Piedmont Man as a Homicide

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Pickens County Coroner’s Office are currently investigating the death of a Piedmont man as a homicide after he was found dead last night in the yard of a residence on Stewart Gin Road, Liberty, South Carolina.

Deputies were called to a disturbance where callers reported hearing several gunshots at the residence located at 346 Stewart Gin Road at approximately 10:38 pm on Sunday, December 19, 2021.  Upon their arrival, the victim who is an adult male was found deceased with a visible injury that is characteristic of a gunshot wound.  No weapon was found at the scene. 

Based on information obtained in the early stages of the investigation; Detectives believe that this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate danger to the public.  Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews with witnesses, relatives, friends and acquaintances.

Inquiries concerning the identity of the victim should be directed to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.