Police say Bryon J. Dailey called 911 about 7 a.m. Wednesday and waited for officers to arrive at his home.
When they arrived at 106 Park St. off Old North Main Street in Clover, authorities discovered the body of a 40-year-old man in a pickup. Joseph Darrell Hughes of Clover had been shot once with a handgun.
Police say Dailey and Hughes knew each other, but investigators are still sorting through details of the shooting, including where Hughes was shot and the motive. They placed Dailey into custody and transferred him Wednesday afternoon to the Moss Justice Center in York.
Dailey has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. His bond was denied.
"We don't really know what took place," Clover Police Chief Randy Grice said.
Officials haven't said what time the shooting occurred or where it happened. There were no signs of a struggle inside the house, Grice said.
Dailey has no criminal history in South Carolina, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check. Hughes had several misdemeanor convictions, including public disorderly conduct and drunkenness.
Dailey's ex-wife, Belinda Kale-Dailey, and neighbors said they didn't believe Dailey was capable of killing someone.
"It's nothing that he would have ever in his life done on purpose. Because he was not that type person," Kale-Dailey said.
"That man bent over backwards for anybody. ... He would have never done this, never. It's just heart-breaking."
Jennifer Kreppein, who lives next door to Dailey, said she didn't hear anything until the police arrived.
She said she's lived beside Dailey for 3.5 years and trusted him to watch her 8-year-old daughter.
"He'd take the shirt off his back and give it to you," Kreppein said. "He's not the kind of guy who would kill someone. It's not who he is. Bryon isn't really someone who flies into a rage, and I've never seen him upset about anything."
She said news of the shooting on her street shook her since it's always so quiet in Clover, especially on her street.
This is the first murder in the town of Clover this year, Grice said. "It's very unusual for this to happen in our town," he said.
Lynn Mitchell, a lifetime Clover resident, said it's shocking to have a shooting death so close to her home.
"It's sad to see.. it's like we're living in Charlotte," Mitchell said. "We used to play over here on these streets growing up. I've never seen nothing like this close to home. This is generally a safe place to be. I'm kind of in shock."