Man accused of killing neighbor ordered to move

January 31, 2011 

William Shane Moreland

A Circuit Court judge Thursday ordered a man accused in the shooting death of his neighbor to move out of the Sun City Hilton Head home of his girlfriend's parents and back into his home in Bluffton's Palmetto Pointe Townes, 14th Circuit Court Solicitor Duffie Stone said Monday.

William Shane Moreland, 31, is charged with manslaughter in the Nov. 19 shooting of Thomas L. Mullins Jr. of 15 Moonbeam Court. He was released from jail Nov. 30 after posting bond, according to the jail log.

According to Bluffton Police and court records, Mullins walked up to Moreland's front door and knocked at about 9 p.m. that night after an ongoing dispute involving Moreland, his girlfriend and Mullins. Moreland came outside through the home's garage and shot Mullins once, killing him.

As part of his bond requirements, Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen told Moreland in November to move into his live-in girlfriend's parent's Argent Way home while the case is pending. He also was required to forfeit his passport and stay within Beaufort and Jasper counties, according to court records.

However, Mullin's mother, who also lives on Argent in Sun City, asked that Moreland be required to move again, Stone said. He said he understands Palmetto Pointe neighbors' concernsbut does not want Moreland living so close to the victim's mother.

"We consented to it because we felt like it was the best choice in this situation," Stone said. "I hope everyone in the neighborhood will use restraint and understand the difficult choice we had."

Moreland will face a Beaufort County grand jury Feb. 24, Stone said. If convicted of the felony manslaughter charges, he faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Cassie Foss

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