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Brothers accused of 2013 cold case murder of South Carolina man following drug deal gone bad, sheriff says

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Source: MEGA; Greenville County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 18 2022, Published 12:23 p.m. ET

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Two brothers in South Carolina recently were arrested in connection to the nine-year-old cold case murder of a man who was gunned down outside his friend’s home, authorities said.

On Jan. 13, 2013, Edward Goldsmith, 47, was found fatally shot in a Greenville apartment complex parking lot in a crime authorities believe was tied to an earlier drug deal gone bad, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said, the Associated Press reported.

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According to Lewis, brothers Bleshus Dravius McKinney, 32, and Deunte Jonmel McKinney, 29, got into a dispute with Goldsmith after they felt they were ripped off, and they allegedly lured him out of the complex and shot him dead.

Investigators were able to bring charges against the brother in the cold case nearly a decade after the slaying due to new witness testimony as well as technological advances, Lewis said.

Greenville County Sheriff Office deputies arrested Bleshus McKinney, 32, and charged him on March 15 with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and criminal conspiracy, arrest warrants show.

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Deunte McKinney, 29, faces the same charges as his older brother.

Duente McKinney is currently incarcerated sentence at Kershaw Correctional Institution in connection to an unrelated case involving attempted murder and drug distribution, the sheriff’s office said.

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Source: MEGA; Greenville County Sheriff's Office
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