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 - County had 4 killiin By RICHARD FARMER...
County had 4 killiin By RICHARD FARMER Index-Journal Index-Journal Index-Journal staff writer GREENWOOD A nightclub proprietor in the wrong place at the wrong time. A physically disabled man befriended those of dubious character. A wife and mother killed ! in her sleep. And a peculiar man . about town who fell prey to a violent crime. - ; ., ' :, All ended up- up- dead,-representing dead,-representing dead,-representing 'lOreenwpod City and County's 1997 homicides. n all; Greenwood lost four at the : hands: of others in 1997. Three of the iJhomicides occurred in the city of Greenwood, with the fourth occur-.jing occur-.jing occur-.jing near Cokesbury. ; Aside from the death of Janie j: Arnold, a nightclub owner fatally - shot when a gunman fired randomly towards a group of people, the other three homicides bear striking resemblances. resemblances. The deaths of Marvin Chipley, Michael Arlington and Shirley Masada all allegedly happened at the hands of people they knew; all three victims were killed in or near their own homes; all were much smaller and weaker than their alleged assailants; assailants; and all were killed by only the hands and feet of the perpetrators. perpetrators. IT WAS A LATE SPRING morning when John D. Arlington drove to his son's Greenwood home to check on him. He hadn't heard from 34-year-old 34-year-old 34-year-old 34-year-old 34-year-old Michael in days. What he found was a father's nightmare. nightmare. On June 20, Michael, who had been disabled since he was a child, was found on the floor of his Karenway apartment. From the fur-' fur-' fur-' niture strewn about the living room, it was obvious there had been a fight, which Greenwood City Police Chief Gerald Brooks said "looked to be pretty one sided." Michael was beaten to death by a person or persons unknown. Greenwood County Coroner Grady Hill said Arrington died of severe head trauma. e There was no sign of forced entry and no hard evidence of a robbery, police said. To this day, no one has been charged in Arlington's death. But police say 1997's first homicide is a solvable crime. "It's being actively investigated. We do have some leads ... which I ' think are leading us in a positive direction," direction," Brooks said. "I tend to think ... we'll eventually be able to solve this case." But Brooks, citing the possibility of damaging the case, won't say if there is a suspect in the Arrington homicide. As far as motive, "Maybe we have a hypothesis or fwo, but nothing nothing we can confirm right now." . Brooks feels pretty sure Arrineton willingly invited his killer Into his home. "We suspect his assailant or assailants assailants were known to him," he said. "From there, we move pretty quickly into speculation." : 'S7 Greenwood City Police and Greenwood County Sheriff's Deputes investigated the following following four deaths in 1997: JUNE 20: The body of Michael .Arrington, 34, was discovered by his father. Michael had been beaten to death. The case remains remains open. , ; , ' ; , AUG. 23: Janla Arnold died of a gunshot wound after a gunman fired randomly toward a group of people outside the Ponderosa club. Arnold was the club's proprietor. proprietor. Christopher James Jackson, 19, Ridge Road, Hodges, is awaiting trial on charges of murder. ' DEC. 10: The body of Marvin Chipley, 61, Is found behind an abandoned church on New Market Street. Chipley had been reported missing eight days earlier earlier by his brother. Barry Leon Ervtn awaits trial on charges of murder. DEC. 21: El Shaddal Masada, 47, showed up at Greenwood Police headquarters and told officers officers he had killed his wife, reports reports say. Shirley Brooks Masada, 48, was found dead in ,' the couple's master bedroom. Masada is currently held In Greenwood Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing on charges of murder. "' A VERBAL DISPUTE Aug. 23 outside the Ponderosa, a nightclub in Cokesbury, turned violent when someone decided to end the argument argument with a gun. I "Apparently, he (the alleged shooter) was in an argument with another another individual across the dirt road from where the night club was," said Greenwood County Sheriff Sam Riley. "For whatever reason, he reached in his car and pulled out a weapon and randomly fired." But the gunman didn't hit his intended intended target, if there was one at all. Instead, one of his bullets pierced the chest of Arnold, 59, the proprietor of the club. The next day, Christopher James Jackson; 19, Ridge Road, Hodges, was arrested at his aunt's home in Abbeville. According to reports, he led authorities to the gun used in the shooting. Since the shooting, Jackson has been held in the Greenwood County Detention Center awaiting trial on charges of murder. ON A DECEMBER morning just four days before Christmas, El Shaddai Masada, 47, showed up at the doors of the Greenwood County jail with a confession. "He came up (to the jail) and pressed the call button, asking to speak to an officer. Then he told them he thought he had just killed his wife," Brooks said. When responding to the Masada See DEATHS, page 4A j

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  1. The Index-Journal,
  2. 04 Jan 1998, Sun,
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