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Homicide victim's step-son says suspected killer took advantage

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New details develop about the man killed during what investigators are calling an Upstate crime spree, which ended in Western North Carolina.

Sean Dineen was found shot to death late Saturday night at the Crosswell Baptist Church parking lot, in Pickens County. Deputies say he was trying to sell his car. Friday, Dineen's stepson, Willie Acker, told Fox Carolina, there's more to the story.

He says he saw the relationship first-hand between his step-father and one of the people accused of killing him.

Acker says his step-father was a kind-hearted man. He says the National Guard reservist was generous, and shared whatever he had with anyone - this time, he says, to a fault.

Acker's late mother, Sylvia, married Dinneen in 1999. She died suddenly of cardiac arrest ten years later.

With the life-insurance money from Sylvia Dinneen, Acker says Sean Dinneen opened his doors to an old girlfriend and her family. This included Tavish Yeargin, who's now accused of killing Dinneen, along with his sister Nyia Utsey and her friend Kayla Williams.

Acker said he was wary of Dinneen's new roommates from the beginning.

"I had kind of warned him of, just like the prodigal son, having all kinds of friends, when you have a little something, to be careful," said Acker. "Course, he didn't listen. He tried to help."

Acker, who served in the military with Dinneen, said his houseguests stole things that belonged to his mother, and even Dinneen's truck.

Acker says gradually, his mother's inheritance disappeared.

He says he last spoke to Dinneen two weeks ago, as they looked for ways to bring his new wife, Maria Dinneen, to America, from the Philippines.

Acker was shocked to hear how his stepdad was killed, but not as surprised to hear Yeargin was accused of being involved.

"They still thought he was "Mr. Money Bags," said Acker. "Sean was just… they basically took advantage of a kind heart, is what they did."

All three suspects, Yeargin, Utsey, and Williams, are in jail in Asheville.

That's where a task force tracked them down, and arrested them. They're now fighting extradition back to South Carolina, charged with murder, larceny, and bank robbery, following a heist in Spartanburg.

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