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Two people in custody following man's death in Dillon

DILLON, SC (WMBF) –  Two men are charged in the shooting death of a man who was stuffed into a car’s trunk and then submerging it in the Little Pee Dee River.

The Dillon County Sheriff's Office said 53-year-old Ervin Lee Stanley and 33-year-old Christopher Ali Green shot and killed 30-year-old Jamal Tyree Smith.

On January 28, a passerby noticed a vehicle floating in the Little Pee Dee River and called 911.

“We didn’t know if the vehicle went into the water as a result of an accident… If this vehicle was intentionally put in the water as a result of just trying to get rid of it,” Sherriff Major Hulon, with the Dillon County said.

Deputies said after not seeing a body inside the cab of the vehicle they ran the tags and the car was registered to the victim in this case.

It was only after not being able to track down Smith that this investigation took investigators across state lines into North Carolina.

“We tried to contact that person and unable to do so late on we were contact by the family and they told us that person was not available and they didn’t know where he was,” Sherriff Hulon said.

It was that mystery that sent divers back into the Little Pee Dee River and officials said smith’s body was found in the trunk.

“We believe that they got it to the edge of the water and as a result of it went into the water because of the current,” Captain Arnette said.

The car is now being processed, Cpt. Arnette said. 

Dillon County Fire Rescue, the Department of Natural Resources, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the State Law Enforcement Division assisted at the scene Thursday night, Cpt. Arnette said.

Both Green and Stanley remain behind bars at the Dillon County Detention Center charged with murder, Criminal Conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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