Argument-finances leads to murder charge in Horry County, South Carolina

Loris, South Carolina – A 63-year-old woman from Horry County, South Carolina, is facing a murder charge following an altercation with her 64-year-old husband, where she allegedly shot him over a dispute involving finances. Laura Smith stands accused of fatally shooting Michael Smith in the torso at their home in Loris on May 12, as confirmed by Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard. The tragic incident occurred around 8:55 p.m. local time, leading to an investigation by the Horry County Police Department.

According to booking records from the Horry County Police Department, Laura was taken into custody and booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in the early hours of the following day, with no bail currently set. It was reported by local media outlets that a neighbor witnessed Laura’s arrest, recounting the shocking moment when multiple police cruisers arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area.

A revolver was found at the scene by the authorities, with Laura indicating to the police that Michael had been in the bedroom during the altercation. The warrant against Laura stated that the fatal shots were fired during a verbal dispute about finances, further escalating the tragic situation. The couple had been seen earlier in the day, enjoying a ride on their golf cart with their dog, according to eyewitness accounts.

The neighbor expressed disbelief over the events, highlighting the unexpected nature of the incident and reflecting on the complexity of what may occur behind closed doors. In a community marred by the tragedy, the neighbor shared sentiments of shock and sadness, emphasizing the unforeseeable nature of such a devastating turn of events. The authorities have yet to offer any comment on the ongoing investigation into this heartbreaking incident.