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Greenville man claims self-defense in fatal shooting of woman

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Kenneth Campbell appears via a video monitor in court Friday. (April 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) Kenneth Campbell appears via a video monitor in court Friday. (April 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Shannon's family look at photos of her on Thursday. (April 10, 2014/FOX Carolina) Shannon's family look at photos of her on Thursday. (April 10, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville man accused of shooting a woman to death inside is home is claiming self-defense, according to his defense attorney.

Kenneth Campbell, 69, appeared before Greenville County Judge Ned Miller Friday morning for a bond hearing on the charge of murder in connection with the Feb. 21 fatal shooting of Heather Shannon, 31.

Campbell was arrested at the scene of his Old Easley Bridge Road home after deputies found Shannon dead from gunshot wounds inside.

According to prosecutors, Shannon called 911 to report she had been shot and once deputies arrived - after first going to the wrong house - they encountered Campbell about to leave with a packed bag.

The solicitor said Campbell initially told deputies there was no problem and everything was fine, but when deputies tried to go inside, he told them they would need a search warrant.

Once the warrant was obtained, deputies found Shannon dead inside along with her cell phone broken into pieces, prosecutors said. They said Shannon had been staying with Campbell for a few weeks but are not sure what their relationship was other than he would pay her to keep his house and help with different things.

Campbell's defense attorney said he shot Shannon in self-defense because she came over intoxicated on crack cocaine to get money for drugs, then became irate and threatened him. According to his attorney, Campbell acted in accordance with the Castle Doctrine.

According to the investigator and prosecutor, Shannon was shot in the back and to the front chest. They said gunshot residue shows the front shot was from close range while they do not know far the back shot was made from.

Campbell's defense said they think a $25,000 bond along with not allowing third parties at his home and having a mental evaluation and counseling while on bond was a reasonable request, and previously the solicitor's office returned with a $100,000 bond suggestion, but Shannon's family does not want him out on bond at all.

Miller said he needs more evidence before deciding on potential bond and postponed the hearing for 30 days. The state is still waiting on gunshot residue tests being done in Columbia.

Shannon's family was in court and hope Campbell will be denied bond, citing the fear he may harm someone else and the fear Shannon's children live in the wake of their mother's death. Campbell's family was also present but declined to comment to FOX Carolina on the case.

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