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Elgin man no longer faces murder charge

Posted: November 13, 2017 5:08 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kenneth Cordell Rainer, 42, of Elgin, no longer has a murder charge against him. According to online court records, the Kershaw County Grand Jury declined to indict Rainer for allegedly shooting a man in May who then succumbed to his wounds. The Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s website published the grand jury’s decision Wednesday.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Rainer on May 9 after responding to his Elmwood Boulevard North residence that afternoon. According to the KCSO at the time, Rainer called 911, telling dispatchers he had shot a man with whom he’d been arguing. Responding deputies found Rainer in his residence with his two children. Emergency personnel arrived a short time later and began treating the victim who had walked across the street and collapsed after being shot in the chest.

Deputies arrested Rainer, who provided them with a statement. They also executed a search warrant and recovered a High Point .380 pistol and .380 caliber shell casings on the front walkway. Deputies also executed a search warrant at the home across the street and collected other evidence. The victim, who was not named by the KCSO, died while en route to the hospital.

Online records show a judge set bond at $20,000 and required Rainer to pay 20 percent, or $4,000, which was covered by a bonding agency on May 19, 10 days after his arrest. The judge also ordered Rainer not to have any contact -- directly or indirectly -- with the victim’s family.

According to the KCSO at the time of his arrest, Rainer had been arrested in 1997 for battery and burglary in Florida.

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