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Robbery suspect charged with murder after man has heart attack

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Greenwood Co. deputies say they found the man dead inside a condo at Hillcrest Condos. (July 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) Greenwood Co. deputies say they found the man dead inside a condo at Hillcrest Condos. (July 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies in Greenwood County said they are continuing to investigate a man's death even though he reportedly died of natural causes.

Investigators arrested Wayne Smith on Thursday, July 25 and charged him with murder and robbery after they say he robbed 68-year-old Phillip Baer and caused his heart attack.

Deputies said they responded to Phillip Baer's condo at 1522 Parkway just after 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14 and found him dead.

On Monday, July 29, Phillip Baer's brother, Billy Baer, told FOX Carolina his brother was healthy and had a physical before his death. So, when he heard his brother died of natural causes, he knew something was wrong.

"Probably not until the funeral service did it really hit me, the reality that he wasn't here," Billy Baer said. "He was the type of person if he had a dollar and you needed some money, he would give you 75 cents and keep the quarter."

Billy Baer said his brother hired Smith to help him with jobs around the Greenwood area.

"We tried to warn him about the people he was picking up to do these jobs and unfortunately this gentleman felt like he could take advantage of my brother," Billy Baer said. "At least right now we know that this person is where he needs to be and that's off the street."

In the report, deputies said Baer's living room was a mess as if there had been a struggle and his television and laptop were missing, along with his truck.

Deputies said they found his light blue single-cab 1998 Ford Ranger that was missing when Phillip Baer's body was found.

An autopsy was performed, and according to John Long with the sheriff's office, Phillip Baer died from heart failure and his cause of death was natural. However, after further investigation, deputies said they believe Smith caused Philip Baer's heart attack and that's why they charged Smith with murder. The charge comes under the theory of the felony murder doctrine- which is a charge given if a victim dies during the act of a felony.

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