COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court has overturned the voluntary manslaughter conviction of a Columbia apartment building security guard who shot and killed a man in 2004.
Chief Justice Jean Toal wrote that Jason Dickey acted in self-defense in the shooting of 24-year-old Joshua Boot of West Columbia.
Dickey was a security guard at an apartment building and has served five years of a 16-year sentence.
Toal wrote that Dickey was confronted by two younger, intoxicated large men advancing toward him.
Associate Justice Don Beatty dissented in the 4-1 ruling, saying Dickey could have avoided the confrontation and was not inside the apartment building at the time of the shooting.