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Rockingham man charged by Laurinburg PD with murder of S.C. victim

LAURINBURG — A Richmond County man is accused of killing a Marlboro County man in Scotland County.

According to Capt. Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department, officers responded to a call of shots fired with someone being shot at a home on First Street in Laurinburg around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found 27-year-old Frederick Eugene Williams, of Wallace, South Carolina, suffering from gunshot wounds. Williams was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital for treatment and was later pronounced dead.

Investigators identified 23-year-old Byron Douglas McKenzie, of Maner Road, Rockingham, as the shooter and obtained warrants for his arrest.

After checking several residences, Young said McKenzie was found at a home in Hamlet with help from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and taken into custody around noon on Sunday.

Police have charged McKenzie with first-degree murder, discharging a firearm in an enclosure to incite fear and discharging a firearm in city limits.


He is being held in the Scotland County Detention Center without bond on the murder charge. Jail records show McKenzie was given a $25,000 secured bond on the other two charges.

No court date is currently listed with local or state online records.

Online court records show McKenzie has pending traffic citations in Richmond County for driving with a revoked license and failure to wear a seat belt.

McKenzie appears to have no prior convictions in North Carolina or neighboring South Carolina counties.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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