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Sumter man arrested in death of 65-year-old Camden man

Posted: February 5, 2015 4:17 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Matthew Cory Dwyer

The  Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a 21-year-old Sumter man believed to be connected with the Jan. 27 shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny Singleton of Camden. Authorities found Singleton dead in his car along U.S. 521 near Rembert, initially thinking he may have died from injuries sustained in a crash.

SCSO deputies arrested Matthew Cory Dwyer without incident at his home Wednesday night on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Deputies took him to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

The S.C. Highway Patrol responded Jan. 27 to the fatal one-vehicle crash deemed “a suspicious death,” according to SCSO Public Information Officer Braden Bunch. Bunch said an autopsy later found Singleton died from a single gunshot to the head -- a wound that was obscured by the other extensive injuries he received in the crash.

SCSO investigators believe Dwyer was in the car with Singleton and robbery was the motive for the shooting, although they are looking into other possible reasons.

“Over the past week, our investigators have done dozens of interviews,” Bunch said Thursday. “We believe both suspect and victim were in the car together.”

Bunch said despite Dwyer’s arrest, the incident remains under investigation by the SCSO with the possibility of more arrests or charges.

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