On 08-03-1994, former Marine David Speigel (38-years-old), who worked as a clerk at the Buckingham Pantry store in Bluffton, was found shot to death behind the counter at approximately 2:00 am. An investigation into the murder revealed Speigel had been cashing personal checks for local illegal narcotics users frequenting the store for a period of time. Unfortunately, the security monitor behind the counter was never activated and the incident was not captured on video.
Physical evidence was difficult to identify, due to the high volume of customers in and out of the store. It is believed robbery was a likely motive for the crime, but it just amounted to an attempt as nothing was believed taken. Other possible motives were explored during the investigation. Rumors ranging from gang initiations to personal vendetta surfaced, but were not confirmed or eliminated as possibilities. Several persons of interest were identified through the personal checks cashed at the store during Speigelís shift, although there was no physical evidence linking them to the murder.