Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office reports murder-suicide near Harleyville

A man fatally shot his estranged wife and then himself Sunday afternoon inside a house near Harleyville, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.

The deceased were identified as James Hughes Weaver, 72, of Covington, Ga., and Melanie Conklin Weaver, 61, of Highway 15 North near Harleyville.

The double shooting was reported around 3:30 p.m. at 2154 Highway 15 North.

Weaver’s daughter told deputies she brought her father up from Georgia to the house to get his belongings, according to the report. She said Melanie Weaver tried to keep him out of the house but he forced his way in, got a gun from inside the house and shot her and then himself.

Another witness told deputies he saw Weaver shoot his wife three times in the kitchen and then shoot himself in the head.

Deputies said they found a Ruger revolver on the floor between the two bodies.

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