When Stephen Wood Sr. called 911 around 12:30am Thursday morning, he said he had shot and wounded his 26-year-old son, Stephen Wood Jr., after arguing and fighting with him all day. When deputies arrived at the Elgin home Wood Sr. shared with his son and the younger man’s wife and two small children, the younger man was dead. Investigators gathered evidence, taking a knife and .22 caliber revolver from the scene.
Stephen Earl Wood Sr., 68, was charged with murder Thursday afternoon, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release.
Stephen Wood Jr. was known to local law enforcement as was his father. On February 2, he led deputies on a chase after failing to stop for a blue light. A year earlier he was arrested for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after attacking his father. When Stephen Wood Sr. was a younger man, he racked up numerous arrests for assault and battery, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of stolen goods. His records had been clean for 10 years, Matthews said.
The elder Wood told authorities that he was worried about his son’s run-ins with the law and ordered him out of the house on Wednesday. After hours of arguing, Woods Sr. shot his son in the arm after the younger man grabbed a kitchen knife. Wood Jr. ran from the mobile home and returned a few minutes later saying his father would have to kill him. At that point, Wood shot his son in the chest as the younger man’s wife and children looked on.
Wood Sr. was being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center Thursday afternoon. A bond hearing is scheduled March 23.