- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) - The Kershaw County sheriff says a man who shot and killed a teen who was stealing items from his truck should be released on his own recognizance as he awaits trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

Several media outlets reported that Sheriff Jim Matthews told a judge at a bond hearing Wednesday he is a friend of 49-year-old Jimmy Methe.

The judge says he will decide later this week whether to give Methe bail.

Matthews said last weekend that Methe caught 17-year-old Brandon Spencer and another unidentified person stealing from his truck and shot at them as they ran away. Spencer was hit in the head and died.

The sheriff says deadly force is only justified in South Carolina when someone’s life is threatened.

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