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Florence man found guilty of murder, sentenced to life

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Source: WMBF News Reporter Rachel Nash Source: WMBF News Reporter Rachel Nash
Wayne Scott (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Wayne Scott (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Florence County Solicitor's Office confirmed that on Friday, a man charged with murder was found guilty and sentenced to life in  prison. 

Wayne Scott, 47, of Florence was arrested on September 24, 2012 after a shooting. Capt. Mike Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, said deputies responded to a residence on the 1600 block of Sharon Drive at 8:53 p.m. Monday after reports of gun fire.

One man was found dead at the scene from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, explained Nunn. Deputies concluded the man had been shot with a high powered rifle, and detained Scott on the scene.

Investigators believed Scott was arguing with the victim, identified by Florence County Coroner Bubba Matthews as 50-year-old Steve B. Springs of Florence, and Springs had received several phone calls from Scott earlier in the day. The Associated Press said Springs was having an extramarital relationship with Scott's stepdaughter. Witnesses testified Scott was angry about Springs' relationship with her.

They believe Springs came over to Scott's home to resolve the dispute, but Scott intended to kill him when he arrived. Neighbors and friends testified Scott planned to shoot Springs with a high-powered rifle no matter what happened that day.

After questioning, Scott was taken into custody and charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, use of a firearm while under the influence and possession of marijuana.

On Friday, he was found guilty of Springs' murder, though he claimed he shot Springs in self-defense. The Associated Press said jurors asked the judge about the elements of self-defense three times before reaching their verdict.

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