Joshua Ray Wilder Arrested on Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons has confirmed that a man from Jonesville that was wanted in South Carolina for a shooting has been captured. Parsons stated that Wilder had been found at a friend's home located in the York community east of Jonesville. He was arrested without incident by officers with the Virginia State Police Tactical Team.
Joshua Ray Wilder age 32, was arrested Monday afternoon after Pickens County, South Carolina police placed Wilder onto a nationwide suspect watch following the Saturday shooting that occurred in the town of Easley. roughly seventeen miles outside of Greenville. Wilder is being charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter.
Christy Parsons age 37, of Lee County was shot in the upper torso and later died at a local hospital. Police stated there were four people in the home at the time and that Wilder along with another witness fled the scene after the incident. Detectives have confirmed that a single gun shot was fired from a hand gun and the shooter was seated or at least in the den area according to the police report.
The shooting happened just before 9pm on Saturday evening on March 10th, 2018 when the home owner reported the incident by stating an out of town guest had been shot once by another guest. Detectives from the Sheriffs Department interviewed two of the witnesses that night and were able to ascertain that one of the two witnesses that fled the scene had fired the fatal shot.
Involuntary manslaughter usually refers to an unintentional killing that results from recklessness or criminal negligence, or from an unlawful act that is a misdemeanor or low-level felony (such as a DUI). The usual distinction from voluntary manslaughter is that involuntary manslaughter (sometimes called "criminally negligent homicide") is a crime in which the victim's death is unintended.

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