Trio charged after man shot to death in Chesterfield Co. soybean field

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — Chesterfield County deputies said they have taken three people into custody in connection with the death of a man found earlier this week in a soybean field.

The three suspects, Kenneth Parker Jr., David Busby and Nicole Deese, were taken into custody overnight. Parker and Busby are charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Farris "Mickey" Short. Deese is charged as an accessory.

(Kenneth Parker Jr., David Busby, Nicole Deese)

Short, 63, was found Monday shot to death next to a Toyota Tacoma pickup in a field off Hurst Cemetery Lane. All of the doors were closed, and the truck was not running.

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Sheriff's investigators believe Short was shot inside his truck, then pulled out to the ground.

Deputies said phone records helped them learn that Short drove to the soybean field after dark to meet the suspects.

Sheriff Jay Brooks said his pants pockets were turned out.

"He went to meet somebody there, and I think they had set this up to rob him," Brooks said.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents looked over the pickup that the suspects likely drove to the field to meet Short.

The three suspects are being held without bail, and deputies don't expect to make any more arrests.

Haley Short had to say goodbye to her father, Mickey Short.

She said he was friendly and funny.

She and her sister placed a cross in the field where he was killed.

"I've been terrified,” Haley Short said. “My sister has been terrified as well. She hasn't been staying at home."

Haley Short said her family is leaning on friends and their church for support.

"I just want my dad to know that I love him and I hope that he rests in peace," she said.

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