A Clover man told police he shot and killed his friend early Wednesday after the men got into a drunken brawl, authorities said.
Bryon Dailey, who police say called 911 at 6:59 a.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher he shot a man, was arrested at his home where officers found the body of Joseph Darrell Hughes in Dailey's pickup truck bed. Dailey is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Dailey, 47, lived alone at 106 Park St., but Hughes stayed there occasionally, according to a Clover Police news release. Investigators determined what happened based on interviews with Dailey, Detective Tanner Davis said.
Authorities believe Dailey and Hughes were under the influence of alcohol and got into a fight. Around 2 a.m. Hughes was shot with a handgun once in the neck. Dailey told police he put Hughes' body in the truck, according to the release.
The release states that Dailey tried to "dispose of evidence" after the shooting, but doesn't include any details.
Dailey's neighbors and friends were shocked by the news.
"It's nothing that he would have ever in his life done on purpose," Dailey's ex-wife Belinda Kale-Dailey said. "He was not that type person."
State records show that Dailey has no criminal history in South Carolina. Hughes had several misdemeanor convictions, including public disorderly conduct and drunkenness.
Dailey is being held at the Moss Justice Center in York.