Special Assignment: Unsolved Murder

February 19, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---A single gunshot rang out in a crowded bar. One man lost his life. And six and a half years later, the gunman is still on the run.

Somebody got away with murder on September 18, 2000.

At the Highlander, a British pub just across the state line in North Augusta, 48-year-old Wayne Williams was shot in the chest.

The timeline is fairly simple.

It happened around 8:30 in the evening, and there were plenty of witnesses.

People who were in the bar that night say the two men were sitting at a table near the fireplace. The men were not arguing. There were no loud voices. They stood, and there was a gunshot. The victim, Wayne Williams, fell, and the gunman ran out the door.

A couple of people spotted a man running north along Georgia Avenue, and that's where the trail goes cold.

"It was interesting. When we started working the case, it was hard to believe that in a crowded bar, we would not have any more information than they did," said Inv. Tim Thornton of North Augusta Public Safety.

The suspect is a white male with black hair and mustache, weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cap, light blue t-shirt and blue jeans that night.

Inv. Thornton says that even after six and a half years, they're not giving up.

"It might be a cold case, but we've got evidence on file. We can make a case. When information comes in we can connect it to this case."

Wayne Williams had only been back in this area for a couple of weeks after spending some time in Boone, North Carolina. He was the father of three children.

If you have any information that leads to an arrest, the family is still offering a $5000 reward.

Just one good tip can turn this whole case around.


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