PICKENS — A shooting that rocked Pickens early Monday left two men dead — including a former Pickens High School football coach — on the side of the road and another man behind bars on murder charges.
Albert Leon Bowen, 64, of 412 Gilliland Road, was taken into custody at his home and charged with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to warrants.
Bowen is accused of gunning down William Carson Isaacs Jr. and Dickie Ray Stewart in the yard of a residence on North Homestead Road near the intersection of Gilliland Road, just off U.S. 178. North Homestead Road and Gilliland Road intersect and border Bowen’s property on two sides.
The School District of Pickens County issued a statement Monday afternoon on the passing of Isaacs, one of the winningest coaches in the history of Pickens High School football.
“Bill Isaacs is fondly remembered in Pickens County as the winningest coach in the history of Blue Flame Football,” the district stated. “His impact as a coach and as an educator cannot be overstated. The list of his accomplishments is long, including 181 wins and nine region championships, but his legacy is in the lives he enriched during his 27-year tenure at Pickens High School.
“We are shaken and heart-broken at his death, and we extend our deepest sympathies to both the Isaacs family and the Blue Flame family,” the statement added.
Chief Deputy Creed Hashe of the Pickens County Sheriffs Office said the call about the shooting came in around 9:50 a.m.
Sheriff’s deputies found Isaacs and Stewart laying in a grassy area on the side of the road. Both men were dead and had wounds consistent with multiple gunshots, Hashe said.
“Preliminary information is that the incident may have stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Bowen and one of the victims,” Hashe said. “Sheriff’s detectives will be looking into the history of any and all activity between the parties as the investigation continues.”
It was reported that two weapons were recovered from Bowen’s residence following a search but deputies were not able to confirm whether either weapon was used in the shootings.
Bowen remained in the Pickens County Detention Center without bond on Monday night. A bond hearing was expected to be held Tuesday.
Isaacs, 75, attended Appalachian State and Clemson universities before he began coaching at Pickens High School. During his 29 year coaching span Isaacs won nine regional championships. He retired in 1993 after being named Conference Coach of the Year nine times.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.