UPDATE (3/29) – A woman has been charged in a homicide investigation in Pickens County.

According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Nicole Michelle Heape was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Heape said she shot the victim, 31-year-old Kennedy David Drayton, following an argument at the residence, according to deputies.


PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a homicide after one person was fatally shot in Liberty Monday morning.

According to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office, the shooting happened at a residence on Moorefield Memorial Hwy in Liberty around 12:36 a.m. on Monday. The coroner’s office ruled the death a homicide.

The victim was identified as being 31-year-old Kennedy David Drayton.

Drayton lived at the residence and died from a single gunshot wound, Deputy Coroner Heather A. Harrison said.

The sheriff’s office said that they encountered a 27-year-old female attempting to provide aid to the victim upon arrival. The woman was brought in for questioning and subsequently released. The sheriff’s office said they are investigating her claim of self-defense.

Pickens County Sheriff, Rick Clark says, “We’re looking for everything there. Sometimes you see houses torn up or little things like that. We have good detectives who a lot of times can tell if it’s true or it’s a lie. We’ve been doing it a long time so that’s what the great people here do a great job an know what they’re doing, they’ll make it right.”

The homicide remains under investigation.