SC trio arrested for trucker’s murder at abandoned gas station

| 3/9/2009

Three young men are under arrest in South Carolina in connection with the fatal shooting of a trucker who pulled into the parking lot of an abandoned gas station off Interstate 26 south of Columbia.

A Calhoun County Sheriff’s department spokesman said 22-year-old Willie Pelzer is charged with murder.

Two other 21-year-olds are charged with being an accessory to murder.

All three suspects live in St. Matthews – less than 10 miles from where Jason Rivenburg of Fultonham, NY, was shot to death as he sat in his truck cab Thursday night, March 5, near mile marker 136.

Major Tim Stephenson said evidence found at the scene led to the arrests.

“We actually found .45-caliber shell casings at the scene and were able to match that to a .45-caliber handgun that was in possession – in the days preceding the shooting – of these three individuals,” Stephenson told Land Line Now on Sirius XM..

“It appears the motive was robbery, but I think that after the shooting took place, the shooter wasn’t able to accomplish that,” Stephenson added.

Investigators say they think that Rivenburg was talking on his cell phone when he was shot and that he was ambushed before he could react.

Rivenburg was a part-time driver for Vanderveen Trucking in Delanson, NY. The State newspaper reported that he was married with a 2-year-old son and that his wife is pregnant with twins.

– By Reed Black, staff writer