How dad’s slaying and murder case against his son are linked

Shondell Alfonzo Green
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Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:22 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:29 PM EDT
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BARNWELL, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A Waynesboro teen of fatally shooting a man in Barnwell last month was granted bond today as we learned more about how his dad’s disappearance led to the murder charge he faces.

This morning’s hearing was scheduled to see if 19-year-old Shondell Alfonzo Green could be granted bond to attend his father’s funeral in Burke County.

Green was charged earlier this month in connection with the death of 22-year-old Eddie Mathis III. The deceased victim’s body was discovered on Ballpark Road in Barnwell after authorities responded to a shots fired call in the area the night of June 28.

Around the same time, Green’s father, 48-year-old Alfonzo Green, was reportedly murdered in the same area.

Today’s hearing revealed that the slaying of Mathis happened after Shondell Green had gone looking for his missing father by tracking his cellphone.

When Green arrived in the area, he got in an altercation with Mathis and shot him, News 12 was told. He then returned to Burke County, where he turned himself in, making a full admission to the events.

Last week, authorities announced the arrests of three suspects charged with killing Alfonzo Green at 561 Ballpark Road on or about June 27. The dad’s body was found days later in a vehicle in Allendale County.

The new revelations show how Shondell Green got involved in a crime at the same location and around the same time his dad was slain.

Green’s attorneys, former local Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. — handling his first murder case as a defense attorney since leaving the office last year — and Augusta attorney Robert Homlar, told the judge their client didn’t pose a risk to the community and would appear to handle the case.

Today, Shondell Green was granted a $30,000 bond. That’s $25,000 for his murder charged and $5,000 for his use of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Now he’ll be able to attend his father’s funeral this weekend.

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