South Carolina man charged in death of daughter he thought was intruder

Jermaine Pressley allegedly heard someone trying to enter his home, so he shot through a door, killing his 23-year-old daughter.

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By Associated Press

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina have charged a man with killing his daughter, whom he mistook for a potential intruder.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said 43-year-old Jermaine Pressley faces charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, in addition to drug charges.

Jermaine PressleyGreenville County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Office Lt. Jimmy Bolt said in a statement that Pressley heard someone trying to enter his home, so he shot through a door.

Deputies said officers responding to the shooting early Sunday found heroin and cocaine in Pressley's Greenville home.

The coroner's office says the gunfire fatally wounded 23-year-old Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley.

Pressley is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center. It's not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.