Deputies: Granddaughter charged after vet shot, robbed

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


YORK COUNTY, S.C. - Kaylan Whiteside is behind bars as her grandfather, who was shot, recovers at Carolinas Medical Center.

The York County Sheriff’s Office would not tell Channel 9 exactly how Whiteside was involved in the crime, but she is facing an attempted murder charge.

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A community is shocked by a crime that targeted an elderly veteran, and police believe a family member may have targeted him.

“I heard about it but I didn't realize that it was his grandkid that got arrested,” Cara Berenyi, who lives in the area, said. “That's pretty crazy.”

Detectives announced Wednesday that they’ve made three arrests in the home invasion and shooting, which happened on Gentry Lane in Rock Hill Saturday. They charged Wolfgang Liewald and Ben Smith with attempted murder and burglary. Whiteside is also facing those charges.

Deputies: Man charged in robbery, shooting of war veteran

The victim, Wayne Whiteside, turned 70 years old Wednesday in the hospital.

The family told Channel 9 they were supposed to celebrate his birthday over the weekend but they have had to put those plans on hold.

Those who know him told Channel 9 he always wore a necklace holding a U.S. Marine emblem and with his late wife’s wedding ring on it; that was also stolen from the 70-year-old man.

“My husband is a Marine, so to hear something like that is disturbing,” Berenyi said.

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