BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) – Charges have been dropped against another suspect connected to the murder of 18-year-old Dwon “DJ” Fields Jr.
A prosecutor with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office on Friday admitted they had the “wrong charge” against Shanyiah Void, 19, of Orangeburg.
She and her brother Jayden Void were both accused of accessory after the fact of murder, a felony, in the fatal shooting of the Bluffton High School student-athlete back in March.
In June, a judge ruled there was no probable cause to charge Jayden Void.
The Voids were accused of directing two other suspects, Jimmie Green and Ty Chaneyfield, to the car of one of their “OPPS,” or enemies, leading the pair to open fire at a car driven by Fields.
He died at the scene on Bluffton Parkway.
His passengers, Edwin Graham and Kylan Simmons were both injured in the incident. Graham, who was also shot, is still recovering from his injuries.
It turns out none of the victims was the person the shooters were looking for. Investigators call it a deadly case of mistaken identity.
Bluffton Police Det. Ryan Fazekas said the Voids watched the shooting happen and then met up with Green at Station 300 in Bluffton after the crime.
“Jayden told us that Jimmie Green told himself and Shanyiah to delete all communication, text, phone calls as well as his telephone number from their phones so he could not be connected to this incident,” explained Fazekas.
After hearing testimony Friday, the defense attorney said that while Shanyiah Void didn’t comply with police immediately, she eventually gave them the information they wanted and said the charge should be dropped.
Prosecutors then admitted they had the wrong charge against her. The judge agreed and dropped the charge, allowing her to go free.
DJ Fields’ family and friends were visibly upset after the decision by the Judge and hearing the issues with prosecutors.
His parents were both seen crying after the hearing but did not want to make any comment.
Prosecutors and investigators have not said if she will face any future charges.