Death of popular Midlands musician ruled a 'justifiable homicide'

Death of popular Midlands musician ruled a 'justifiable homicide'
Keith Dominick. (Source: Chapin News Facebook page screenshot)
Keith Dominick. (Source: Chapin News Facebook page screenshot)

CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - Investigators have determined the death of a popular Midlands musician was a "justifiable homicide" after suffering injuries during an  early morning incident at the home of his former girlfriend,

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts stated that Keith Dominick, 53, died as a result of a combination of blood loss and strangulation. Watts also stated that Dominick's death is being ruled as justifiable in light of the circumstances surrounding the case.

This incident happened early Wednesday morning at a home in the 500 block of Hiller Road in the Chapin area just a short distance from the Richland-Lexington County line. The Richland County Sheriff's Department says this is a domestic home invasion case.

Richland County sheriff's investigators believe Dominick -- leader of The Keith Dominick Band -- was involved in a dispute with a woman he'd been seeing up until a couple of months ago when the relationship ended.

They say after attempts to contact her, Dominick showed up early Wednesday morning at her home on Hiller Road, armed with a handgun. Reports indicate Dominick broke a window trying to enter the home and in doing so, severely cut his arm. Once inside and bleeding heavily, the couple struggled and the gun fell to the floor. During the altercation, the victim reportedly took a cord or cable of some sort and wrapped it around Dominick's neck.

Sheriff Leon Lott says the victim called 911 twice as the incident unfolded.

Sheriff's deputies found him unresponsive when they arrived.

The Newberry County-based rock and country band was well known in the Lake Murray community. The band's Facebook page says the group had been playing together for more than a decade.


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