Crime & Courts

Man found dead on side of road in Richland County identified

A man was found dead on the side of a road in a neighborhood north of Columbia early Saturday morning.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the man as Marcus Mandrelle Posey, 34, of Ely Street in Columbia, and said he died of a gunshot wound.

Richland County sheriff’s deputies found the unresponsive man just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday at 1108 Blue Ridge Terrace, near Haskell Heights First Baptist Church.

An autopsy indicated that Posey died from a gunshot wound to the upper body in the early morning hours Saturday, Watts said.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead, according to the sheriff’s department, which is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.