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Ex-boyfriend accused of gunning down rival

Nov 9, 2010 12:14:00 PM - thestate.com
Authorities have charged a 34-year-old West Columbia man with murder after his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend was gunned down outside a home near Gaston.

Deputies arrested George Robert Tronco Jr. of San Sus Drive, on Monday. In addition to the murder charge, he is charged with possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Deputies responded to a call about a shooting outside a home in the 4000 block of Fish Hatchery Road on Sunday just before midnight, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said.

They found Steven Eric Swihart unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the right upper body. Investigators later determined the weapon that fired the fatal round was a 30-06 rifle.

A witness who lived at the home and described as Swihart's girlfriend, Stacy Michelle Phillips, 31, told the officers she suspected her ex-boyfriend, Tronco. She said they broke off their three-year relationship in August.

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