Friend of murder suspect says there was tension - WSPA.com

Friend of murder suspect says there was tension

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Liam Lawler (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office) Liam Lawler (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office)
Shelby Riley (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office) Shelby Riley (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office)
Zack Blanchard (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office) Zack Blanchard (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office)
Daniel Richards-Birchfield (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Richards-Birchfield (source: Newberry County Sheriff's Office)

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Deputies in South Carolina say they have taken four suspects into custody in a Greene County murder. One of the suspects is the teenage son of the victim.

The Newberry County, S.C. Sheriff's Office says a citizen saw the suspects run through a field into a wooded area. Officers then quickly surrounded the area and tracked the suspects with a helicopter.

They were taken into custody without incident.

A friend of the victim's son says he visited the home and there was definitely tension, but never witnessed any physical altercation.

Greene County, Tenn. Sheriff Steve Burns says deputies were called to a home at 3905 Snapps Ferry Road Wednesday night around 11:00 for a shooting.

Robert J. Blanchard, 36, was found dead of a gunshot wound.

Based on evidence, four suspects and a vehicle were identified. One of the suspects is the 16-year-old son of the victim.

Law enforcement have identified the teens as Liam Lawler, 15; Shelby Riley, 16; Zack Blanchard, 16 and Daniel Richards-Birchfield, 15.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department issued a bulletin to law enforcement in surrounding states.

Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the South Carolina Highway Patrol located the vehicle on Interstate 26 in the Newberry County, S.C. area.

According to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, troopers chased the vehicle eastbound into the city of Newberry and onto State Highway 34.

A deputy sheriff spiked the tires and the suspects ran into the woods.

Officials told South Carolina media that they believe the teens stole eight weapons from Blanchard's home. Four were found in the vehicle, including two AK-47s. Two-hundred rounds of ammunition were also found along with six cell phones.

Officials do not believe Lawler, Riley or Richards-Birchfield knew about the murder until after the fact.

 

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