Burton man dead in shooting in Beaufort County

Bryan Malonis

BURTON, S.C. — A 40-year-old Burton man is dead and a Bluffton man is charged with murder following a shooting in the Beaufort County community of Burton.

Sheriff’s deputies tell local media outlets that the incident occurred about 7:40 p.m. Monday at a home in a subdivision in the community.

The Island Packet reports that Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott has identified the victim as 40-year-old Joseph Cochran. And the State Law Enforcement Division has charged 22-year-old Bryan Malonis with murder.

Authorities say that the case was turned over to SLED because the suspect is related to a county sheriff’s deputy. That deputy did not respond to the scene on Monday night.

It was not clear if Malonis had an attorney.