SLOAN ELLIS: BUSINESSMAN HAD “NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO DEFEND HIMSELF”
An attorney for Allen Stephenson, the 29-year-old founder of the Southern Tide apparel company, has issued a statement in connection with a fatal shooting of 32-year-old Matthew Whitman – which occurred on the wealthy businessman’s property outside of Greenville, S.C. last Saturday.
Here is the statement from Stephenson’s attorney, Sloan Ellis of Greenville, in its entirety …
On Saturday morning, March 19, Allen Stephenson was attacked at his home by a man who he did not know.
After repeated requests by Mr. Stephenson, the individual, later identified as Mr. Whitman, would not leave. Instead, he became hostile, and attacked Mr. Stephenson with a knife. Mr. Stephenson had no alternative but to defend himself with his shotgun.
During the incident, a witness called the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office who promptly responded. Mr. Stephenson has cooperated fully with the authorities and will continue to do so.
At this time, we have no information on Mr. Whitman or his motives.
Mr. Stephenson appreciates the many calls of concern he has received, but would appreciate everyone respecting his privacy at this time.
We will be updating our prior reporting momentarily to incorporate excerpts from this statement …