Initial Court Date Set For South Carolina Man Charged With Killing Man In Greeneville

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
by Reid Seals

Stanley Eric Mossburg

Stanley Eric Mossburg

The initial court date has been set for a South Carolina man charged with killing a man in Greeneville earlier this month.

35-year-old Stanley Eric Mossburg of Spartanburg, SC, also known as Woo Woo, will appear in court in Polk County, Florida, at 1:00 PM today.

On October 1 around 11:00 PM, Christopher Short was doing laundry at Celebrity Coin Laundry on East Andrew Johnson Highway when Mossburg walked in and pulled a gun. He reportedly forced Short into a bathroom. Mossburg allegedly bound Short's hands and arms and led him out of the bathroom and out of the laundromat.

At 2:00 AM, Short's wife texted him. She got a text back that said he was out with a girlfriend. She found this suspicious and called law enforcement.

Police went to the laundromat and did not see anything. Short's car was missing.

In the morning, the body was found behind the building.

Mossburg took the vehicle and headed to Spartanburg. He ended up heading down to Florida with assistance from his sister.

Around October 13, Mossburg reportedly killed a man and woman in Winter Haven, Florida, and kept another man hostage.

Mossburg left the hostage at a residence on October 14, telling him that he would be back to deal with the bodies. The hostage escaped and called 911 at a neighbor's house.

From 10:30 PM on October 14 to 5:10 AM on October 15, SWAT team members with the Polk County Sheriff's Department talked to Mossburg via a PA system while he was barricaded in a house. They inserted a chemical agent into the house.

Mossburg shot at deputies. SWAT was able to get an armored vehicle into the garage, and deputies located Mossburg under a pool table.

A K9 apprehended Mossburg and he allegedly refused to surrender and fought the dog.

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Mossburg told the hostage that he wanted to be a serial killer.

Mossburg is charged in Greene County with first-degree felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping. He is charged in Polk County with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of armed burglary with assault, two counts of armed false imprisonment, resisting arrest with violence, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a dwelling, burglary, destruction of evidence and resisting arrest without violence.

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