Arrests In Locust Hill Murder

Suspects charged in two other shootings

Lee Rogers
March 19, 2019 - 10:21 am
GCSO Patrol Vehicle - File Photo

Lee Rogers


The Greenville County Sheriff's Office issued the following press release Tuesday:

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have charged 22 year-old, Adam Thomas Byrum and 21 year-old, Corina Veronica Castro in connection with the March 17th shooting death of Jamie Smith.


Investigators have also charged the two for a double shooting that occurred at some time during night of March 13th and the early morning hours of the 14th.

During that incident, investigators received notification from St. Francis hospital that two gunshot victims showed up at the hospital with serious injuries. Investigators have since learned that Byrum and Castro set up the two victims, who were riding in the car together, under the possible pretext of a narcotics transaction.

The parties agreed to meet at a location off of Locust Hill Road, near Locust Hill Baptist Church, however upon making contact Byrum and Castro approached the victim’s vehicle and shot multiple rounds into the car, striking both of them. The driver, who was one of the two shot, managed to drive their car to the hospital for help. The two victims remain in the hospital in stable but serious condition.

Yesterday afternoon, deputies responded to 6034 Locust Hill Road in an attempt to locate and arrest Byrum and Castro and during that time Byrum ran out of the residence in an attempt to flee but was apprehended by a Sheriff’s Office K-9. Byrum was transported to the hospital, which is standard protocol following all dog apprehensions. Castro was arrested without incident.

Since the arrests, investigators have learned of their involvement in the murder of Jamie Smith. Investigators have established that the suspects arranged to meet Smith, whom they were familiar with, under an agreement to make a narcotics transaction. Once they made contact with Smith, the suspects approached the car, opened the door and shot him to death.

Castro and Byrum, who are both in the Greenville County Detention Center, have been charged with Murder, two counts of Attempted Murder, three counts of Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime and two counts of Criminal Conspiracy.

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