Father charged with murder for mistakenly shooting daughter

South Carolina father charged with murder for mistakenly shooting daughter, who was bringing him home a plate of food
Jermaine Pressley is charged in the shooting death of daughter Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley.


A South Carolina father has been charged in the death of his daughter, who was dropping food off at his home when he mistook her for an intruder and then fatally shot her.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced 43-year-old Jermaine Pressley is facing charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of a felon in possession of a firearm in addition to several drug-related charges.

Authorities responded to Pressley’s Greenville home Sunday, where they found his 23-year-old daughter, Nadeja Pressley suffering from a gunshot wound around 1:15 a.m.

Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley is pictured in an undated photo.
Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley is pictured in an undated photo.

Nadeja spent that Saturday and her early hours Sunday at a cookout, where she, at some point, had conversation with her father about bringing him over a plate of food.

She opened the door to the home she shared with Pressley with a key just hours later. She still had the meal she’d packed when her father fatally shot her as stepped inside. A preliminary investigation into the tragedy revealed that Pressley believed his daughter was an intruder attempting to gain entry into the home, according Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jimmy Bolt.

Nadeja was pronounced dead on the scene and officers uncovered both cocaine and heroin during a search of the home.

Pressley, who is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center, was denied bond during his preliminary hearing on Sunday. He has a prior conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to an arrest warrant cited by Greenville News.

A search of Pressley’s residence also turned up three separate firearms, which he is prohibited from owning as a convicted felon.



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