South Carolina

Manslaughter charge dropped in teen's gas theft shooting

A grand jury has refused to indict a man charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting a teen running away after trying to steal gasoline from his pickup truck.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews told media outlets that he wanted to see 49-year-old Jimmy Methe brought to trial so a jury could hear the whole case and decide if he was guilty or not.

Instead, the sheriff said a grand jury dropped the charge Thursday.

Authorities say Methe found 17-year-old Brandon Spencer and another man by his pickup truck in the middle of the night on Feb. 13. Methe told the suspects to stop, then fired at them as they ran.

Investigators say Spencer was shot in the back of the head from about 35 yards away.