Greenville Police have made an arrest on the City’s first homicide of the year.
On January 10, the Greenville Police Department discovered the body of 40-year-old Desmond McKnight of Greenville in the 300 block of East Moore Street.
McKnight was shot multiple times and pronounced deceased on scene by the Washington County Coroner’s Office.
Investigators were able to obtain a murder warrant for 20-year-old Tazarius “Lil Cately” Williams and 21-year-old Rodney Barney, both of Greenville.
Williams and Barney were already in custody for charges on a separate shooting that resulted in a 14-year-old being shot in the 300blk of East Walker on January 12th.
Both Williams and Barney will have an initial appearance on the murder charge before a judge later in the week.
Police Chief Marcus Turner releases this statement:
“With every passing day, our department is working tirelessly to fight crime in our community. We are praying for the family of the victims in these cases and will hold those who commit these violent acts accountable. We are going to keep working hard in ridding our neighborhoods of violent gun crimes and bringing those suspects to justice. We must demand our youth in the city to PUT THE GUNS DOWN or suffer the consequences thereof. If you tell them to put the guns down while they’re free, you won’t have to tell us every week to free them.”
Williams and Barney are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.