Bond denied to 3 suspects in Rock Hill shooting of war veteran ( + video)

08/28/2014 11:30 AM

09/02/2014 10:25 AM

All three suspects accused in a plot to break into a disabled veteran’s Rock Hill home, including the victim’s granddaughter, that ended with the victim fighting for his life after being shot will remain jailed after being denied bond.

Kaylan Whiteside, 21, granddaughter of victim Wayne Whiteside, 70, was denied bond overnight after being charged with attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Bond was also denied to alleged co-conspirators Ben Patrick Smith, 42, and Wolfgang Liewald, 32. Both Smith and Liewald face the same charges as Kaylan Whiteside in the Saturday morning incident.

In a bond hearing Thursday morning at the Moss Justice Center, Liewald was approved for a public defender after he told magistrate Judge Dan Malphrus that he hadn’t worked in more than a year, and had no money or property other than two old cars. When asked if he had any children, a wife, or any other dependents, Liewald just said, “negative.”

Liewald hung his head during much of the court hearing and said nothing about the case other than he wanted a lawyer. Liewald has an extensive criminal background including drug convictions and other felonies, and had been arrested for shoplifting in Spartanburg just a month ago.

The relationship between Liewald, Smith and the victim’s granddaughter remains unclear, as police have declined to release more details about the home invasion or motive in the case although York County Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged all three with a conspiracy to commit the crimes. Smith, of Charlotte, was arrested first and then Kaylan Whiteside and Liewald were located in nearby Union County.

Wayne Whiteside remains in a Charlotte hospital recovering from his wounds from the shooting.

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