Clemson man faces murder charge after friend killed

CLEMSON — A 55-year-old Clemson man was charged with murder after the shooting death of a friend last week.

Police said Deby Lee Mark Burnside, of Summey Street, was arrested Wednesday evening after 52-year-old James Cherry, of Lincoln Drive in Clemson, was shot to death following an argument.

Clemson police chief Jimmy Dixon said the shooting appeared to have been the result of an argument about Burnside allegedly owing Cherry money.

The killing was the first homicide in Clemson in five years, according to Dixon.

Police were called to the home at around 5:40 p.m. to respond to a shooting, Dixon said. Upon arrival, officers found Cherry lying outside and Burnside inside the home.

Cherry was transported to Oconee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Burnside is being held at the Pickens County Detention Center without bond.