Rock Hill war veteran shot in home invasion ‘in good spirits;’ Bond denied for suspects

08/28/2014 11:30 AM

08/28/2014 4:23 PM

All three suspects accused in a plot to break into a disabled veteran’s Rock Hill home, including the victim’s granddaughter, that ended with the victim fighting for his life after being shot in the abdomen will remain jailed after being denied bond.

And an alert patrol officer in nearby Union was a key player in the arrest.

Kaylan Whiteside, 21, granddaughter of victim Wayne Whiteside, 70, was denied bond Thursday morning after being charged with attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Bond was also denied to alleged co-conspirators Ben Patrick Smith, 42, and Wolfgang Liewald, 32. Both Smith and Liewald face the same charges as Kaylan Whiteside in the Saturday morning incident.

The relationship between Liewald, Smith and Kaylan Whiteside remains unclear, as police have declined to release more details about the home invasion scheme or motive in the case although York County Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged all three with a conspiracy to commit the crimes. Smith, of Charlotte, was arrested first and then Kaylan Whiteside and Liewald were located in nearby Union County.

Liewald had been on the run since Saturday and was picked up 35 miles southwest of the crime scene Wednesday morning by an alert Union city police officer, according to Union Public Safety reports. Liewald was hanging around near a Bojangles restaurant in an area that had been vandalized when an officer on patrol around 6 a.m. Wednesday ran the tag on Liewald’s vehicle. The vehicle came back as wanted in York County for the home invasion Saturday and Liewald was arrested. Later, Kaylan Whiteside was then picked up by Union police and held until York County deputies brought her to York to face charges in the attack on her grandfather.

In a bond hearing Thursday morning at the Moss Justice Center, Liewald was approved for a public defender after he told magistrate Judge Dan Malphrus that he hadn’t worked in more than a year, and had no money or property other than two old cars. When asked if he had any children, a wife, or any other dependents, Liewald just said, “negative.”

Liewald hung his head during much of the court hearing and said nothing about the case other than he wanted a lawyer. Liewald has an extensive criminal background including drug convictions and other felonies, and had been arrested for shoplifting in Spartanburg just a month ago.

Wayne Whiteside, a Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran, remained in fair condition Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokesperson said. Several York County veterans visited Whitsides at the hospital Thursday, saying afterward that Whitesides was able to talk to them. Whiteside turned 70 years old Wednesday in the hospital.

“He seemed to be in good spirits - all things considered,” said Joe Medlin, York County Veterans Service Officer.

Volunteers from York County’s chapter of the Marine Corps League are going to cut the grass and perform other maintenance at Whiteside’s Gentry Lane home where he was shot while he is recuperating.

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