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Orangeburg man facing attempted murder charge

Orangeburg man facing attempted murder charge


An Orangeburg man is accused of firing a gun during a confrontation with his brother-in-law on Tuesday afternoon.

Earl Livingston, 70, of Norway Road, is charged with attempted murder.

Livingston’s sister-in-law called 911 around 4:30 p.m. and reported Livingston shot at her brother but missed, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

When deputies arrived, they found the woman and her brother waiting for them at the end of the driveway.

They claimed Livingston was armed and barricaded inside of the house, the report states.

Deputies took cover and ordered Livingston to come out of the residence.

Moments later, Livingston exited and deputies took him into custody after determining that he didn’t have any weapons on him.

The brother told deputies that the ordeal began when he was visiting his sister and attempted to give her some food because she remains bedridden most of the time.

Livingston allegedly became upset and ordered the brother to leave his house.

The brother alleged that he was leaving when Livingston pointed a gun at him and fired.

The brother also claimed that Livingston pointed the gun at him and said, “I should kill you right now.”

Livingston allegedly told deputies that he didn’t want the brother in his home and fired shots into the air to scare him. He denied pointing a gun or firing at him.

Deputies located a small caliber revolver on a table in the front room. The siblings alleged that that was the weapon he fired.

A deputy who arrested Livingston said he smelled of alcohol.

Orangeburg County Chief Magistrate Derrick Dash set Livingston’s bond on Wednesday at $2,500 cash or surety.

Dash ordered Livingston to move out of the residence and not to have any contact with his accusers.

Livingston has since posted bail.

If Livingston is convicted of attempted murder, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

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