Ty Chaneyfield, a 21-year-old resident of Ridgeland, has been found guilty of murder, two charges of attempted murder, three charges of assault and battery by mob, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The verdict was delivered on Monday in the trial related to the death of DJ Fields in March 2021. According to 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, Chaneyfield has been sentenced to life in prison.
This marks the second murder trial in the case of Bluffton high schooler DJ Fields’ death. In May, Jimmie Green was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his involvement in Fields’ killing and an additional 30 years for shooting two others. Prosecutors stated that Green was seeking his opponents, referred to as “opps,” on the night Fields, 18, was killed.
Investigation findings revealed that Fields was driving in a car on Bluffton Parkway with his friends Edwin Graham and Kylan Simmons when Green and Chaneyfield drove up alongside them and opened fire. Fields lost his life, Graham sustained a gunshot wound to the face, and Simmons was also injured. Both Graham and Simmons survived the attack.
Prosecutors have clarified that Fields and his friends were not the intended targets of Green and Chaneyfield, indicating a case of mistaken identity.