Southern Tide Founder Allen Stephenson May Have Killed A Man On His Front Lawn (UPDATED)

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According to a report from FOX Carolina, an altercation occurred on the front lawn of the Paris Mountain Castle in Greenville, SC, on Saturday morning. During the altercation, which took place around 9:15 a.m., the “homeowner” fired a shotgun at the torso of 32-year-old Matthew Whitman. Whitman died at the scene.

The address of the Paris Mountain Castle is 229 Altamont Road, Greenville, SC. According to the Greenville County Tax Appraiser, 229 Altamont Road is the home of Southern Tide Founder Allen Stephenson.

Dispatch said a man reported seeing a suspicious person in his yard around 9:15 a.m. Shots were then fired shortly after that.

Deputies said the homeowner fired at the suspect at least once and the suspect was dead when they arrived on scene.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Matthew Whitman of Greenville, according to a statement from the coroner’s office.

Whitman reportedly died from a shotgun wound to the torso.

The coroner said that Whitman was walking on the homeowner’s property when he was confronted, an altercation ensued and a gun was discharged.

Also according to FOX Carolina, the death has been ruled a homicide, but charges have not yet been filed.

It looks like this case will come down to the interpretation of South Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and the shooter’s account of the incident in proving he was protecting himself or others “from death or great bodily injury or to prevent the commission of a violent crime.”

South Carolina’s Protection of Persons and Property Act (“PPPA”), more commonly referred to as the “Stand Your Ground” law, is similar to other states regarding home invasions. This incident occurred on Stephenson’s front lawn, though, where the law also applies.


The protections of “Stand Your Ground” extend outside of a home and vehicle also. If you aren’t engaged in unlawful activity, and you are attacked, you can “stand your ground” and meet the attack with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe that your force is necessary to protect you or someone else from death or great bodily injury or to prevent the commission of a violent crime. You don’t have a duty to retreat.

Also of note, Stephenson is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order from the University of South Carolina.

We will update this story as details emerge.

UPDATE: Stephenson’s lawyer released a statement on the matter.

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.

[via FOX Carolina]

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  1. Loess Hills Panther

    Isn’t it true that only homo-sexuals can be clothing designers. That’s NF.

    8 years ago at 1:42 pm
      1. Karl Karlson

        Didn’t realize dude was so far in the hole. He had some good moments but, I suppose, some folks are too proud to cut their losses. Pouring one out for the homie.

        8 years ago at 10:20 pm
      1. Dragonjizz

        I’m from Greenville SC, haven’t heard a damn thing about it. More coverage on the police officer that was killed the same afternoon

        8 years ago at 7:05 am
    1. 1_Rugey_Jentelman

      I guess a Southern Tide-Cypress Hill mashup doesn’t fly around here.

      8 years ago at 4:40 pm
  2. TwoAgainstNature

    Some interesting information:

    As far as the trespasser and deceased, who also lived in Greenville, here are some possible identities based on vehicle registrations. I omitted middle names

    1997 SUBA

    2007 HOND

    1991 CHEV
    1985 BUIC

    Doing a Street-view drive down Nature Trail Rd. in Greenville shows that this street is largely mobile home type residencies with some single family homes on the northernmost part of the street.

    As far as Allen Stephenson, he had quite the car collection (over time anyways) himself based on tax records:


    2006 Mercedes
    2015 Mercedes
    2006 Mercedes
    2002 Mercedes
    2001 Mercedes
    1988 Mercedes
    1985 Mercedes
    2014 Porsche
    2012 Porsche

    and here is a link to the property listing for the Castle estate on 229 Altamont Road

    8 years ago at 5:29 pm
    1. Andrew Alexander Kroeg Jr

      At this rate is it safe to assume you have his Social and access to his bank accounts?

      8 years ago at 10:57 pm
    2. 1855_frat

      Good lord, a castle on a sprawling lot for 2 million? You southerners and your cheap homes.

      8 years ago at 8:38 am
      1. mhc28

        Land is cheap in backwards states with the 2nd worst record of Civil Rights abuses. South Carolina would be the #1 shithole in America, if not for MS.

        8 years ago at 12:31 pm
    1. Dillon Cheverere

      How is it possible to snitch on someone who is already involved in a police investigation?

      8 years ago at 8:35 pm
    1. Andrew Alexander Kroeg Jr

      Do you have a more ideal time that would be acceptable to pump a few shells into an intruder?

      8 years ago at 10:53 pm