Hilton Head Island man arrested, questioned about Green homicide

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Hilton Head Island man arrested, questioned about Green homicide

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Published Thursday, May 27, 2010   |  227 Words  |  briefs

A Hilton Head Island man named as a person of interest in the shooting death of Leonard Green has been arrested on other charges and is being questioned about the homicide, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Thursday.
Jerry Lamont Scantling, 27, wanted on a charge of first-degree burglary for a May 4 break-in at a home on Edwards Court in Burton, was arrested by Beaufort Police Department officers during a traffic stop Wednesday night, the Sheriff's Office reported in a news release Thursday.
Scantling also is being questioned about the May 23 slaying of Green, 52, whose body was found at the boat landing on Pinckney Island.
Tanner said deputies await fingerprint analysis and DNA results from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division that might connect Scantling to Green's death.
Scantling is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on the burglary charge, possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing to evade arrest and driving without a S.C. driver's license. His bond information was not available Thursday.
Beaufort police officers spotted a black 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday that matched the description of a vehicle Scantling was believed to be driving. Officers stopped the car in Beaufort, and the driver ran. He was caught and arrested. Authorities say the vehicle Scantling was driving had been reported stolen in Savannah.