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Update: Bond denied for granddaughter, 2 others charged in shooting of Rock Hill vet

by Andrew Dys and Michael Livingston
The Herald
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    Kaylan Elaine Whiteside
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    Wolfgang Liewald
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    Ben Patrick Smith
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    Wayne Whiteside's home on Gentry Lane in Rock Hill.

ROCK HILL A York County judge has denied bond for three people - including the victim's granddaughter - charged in connection with the shooting of a home invasion and shooting of a disabled Rock Hill war veteran.

Kaylan Elaine Whiteside, 21, granddaughter of victim Wayne O’Neil Whiteside, is charged with attempted murder and burglary stemming from the Saturday incident, the York County Sheriff’s Office said. Kaylan Whiteside was caught in Union County, deputies said.

Wolfgang William Liewald, 32, of Rock Hill, also was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and burglary after he and the granddaughter were found in Union. Liewald has twice been convicted of drug crimes and burglary and was charged just a month ago in Spartanburg for shoplifting.

Late Tuesday, deputies arrested Charlotte resident Ben Patrick Smith, 41, a convicted felon with a criminal record in York County dating back almost 25 years. All three are being held on charges of attempted murder and burglary at the York County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Kaylan Whiteside is also charged with criminal conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the sheriff’s office.

Wayne Whiteside, who turned 70 Wednesday, was listed in fair condition at Carolinas Medical center in Charlotte, a hospital spokesperson said. Whiteside served two tours in Vietnam in the Marine Corps and is disabled.

The attack on a veteran at his home on Gentry Lane between Rock Hill and York shocked and appalled area veterans.

“It just is terrible and wrong,” said Lloyd Comer, a disabled Vietnam War combat veteran who serves on the VFW Post 2889 Honor Guard.

Whiteside’s home has a Marine Corps flag on its flagpole below the American flag, more Marines regalia on the porch and house, and his pickup truck has a Marines vanity license plate.

John Wentling, chaplain with the York County chapter of the Olde English Leathernecks Marine Corps League, who has two children and three grandchildren all in the Marines, said he and others with the Marines organization had already talked about the crime where Whiteside was tied up and then shot.

Wentling called the crime acts of “cowards” and was shocked when told one of those suspected in the crime was Whiteside’s own granddaughter.

Joe Medlin, York County Veterans Services officer, said his office is prepared to help Whiteside any way it can. Medlin, Wentling and others had planned to meet with Whiteside Thursday at the hospital.

Smith has an extensive criminal background, dating to 1990 with charges including assault and battery, attempted burglary and armed robbery. He was convicted of grand larceny, assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest, and strong armed robbery, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check and online court records, including a prison stretch that ended in 2009.

Liewald served jail time for drug convictions in 2005 and 2008, court records show, and has been arrested multiple times on charges ranging from stealing electric current to shoplifting.

Kaylan Whiteside, the victim’s granddaughter, had a drug charge from late 2013 that court records show was conditionally discharged in June.

Andrew Dys 803-329-4065

Michael Livingston 803-329-4082

- wsoctv.com contributed
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