Suspect nabbed in Clarendon
Traffic stop leads to man's arrest in connection with shooting death
Saturday, January 11, 2014 12:22 AM
Greenwood County investigators Friday nabbed a suspect wanted in an October shooting that left one man dead.
Gary William Guffey, 34, of 201 Bent Creek Road, Greenwood, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the incident, according to officials.
He became the second murder suspect charged in reference to the Oct. 11 shooting along East Laurel Avenue, during which Lonnie Cogdill died from a gunshot wound to the chest. A fugitive task force apprehended Daniel Shane Allen, a 35-yeard-old Greenwood man, in Greenville on Oct. 22 and brought him to Greenwood County to face charges here in connection with the fatal shooting. A circuit court judge denied his bond on the counts last month.
Investigators think Guffey and Allen acted in concert to shoot Cogdill, a 42-year-old Greenwood native. Officers found the man lying on a couch in his living room, slumped over on his right side in a large pool of blood, according to Greenwood County incident reports.
Prosecutors testifying during Allen's December bond hearing indicated the shooting stemmed from a drug transaction between the defendant and the victim the day of the incident. After Cogdill failed to pay Allen for drugs he sold the victim, Allen borrowed a .22-caliber pistol from Guffey and shot the man through his front door, officials said.
Officials said Guffey was arrested Thursday night in Clarendon County following a traffic stop. Officers there ran the suspect's name, realized he was wanted in Greenwood County and detained him. Greenwood County investigators extradited the suspect Friday to face charges, taking him into custody at the Greenwood County Detention Center.
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