Wanted man arrested in connection with double-homicide in Oconee Co.

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OCONEE CO., SC (WSPA) – Deputies have arrested a man they were searching for on charges related to a double-homicide on Utica Mill Hill in September.

54-year-old Gregory Gene Trotter was taken into custody at a location on Martin Street in Westminster, Tuesday afternoon.

Trotter is being held in the Oconee County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

Trotter was wanted on a warrant for Accessory After the Fact of a Felony in connection with the deaths of two people on September 10 on Padgett Street.



WALHALLA, SC (WSPA) – The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office charged five more people in their ongoing investigation into a double-homicide on Utica Mill Hill on Padgett Street back in September.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, the arrests come after an investigation into the shooting deaths of Timothy Wayne Campbell, 54, and David Thomas Tranah, 29 on Sept. 10.

On Sept. 11, Steven Lee Reynolds, 18, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder. Reynolds was also served with three outstanding arrest warrants and unrelated drug charges.

Reynolds was taken to the Oconee County Detention Center, where he remains after being denied bond on all five charges.

On Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, deputies arrested Matthew Calton Moss, 36, and Sara Haley Stephens, 23, and were each charged with accessory after the fact of a felony in relation to Moss and Stephens helping Reynolds after the shooting.

According to the release, additional charges were placed against Reynolds on Sept. 25. Those charges were two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime for displaying and shooting both victims with a firearm.

He was also charged with one count of armed robbery for taking the wallet of one of the victims, Timothy Caldwell, by use of force with a firearm.

Reynolds was denied bond on the three charges.

On Oct. 11, investigators obtained arrest warrants against Jeremy Alexander Trotter, 19, and Eliyah Kiana Rogers, 19, both of Westminster, charging them each with two counts of murder.

Trotter was also charged with two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, while both Trotter and Rogers were charged with one count each of armed robbery.

According to the release, Trotter and Rogers were both present at the time of the crime and are liable for murder and armed robbery.

Trotter was reportedly armed with a firearm, according to the arrest warrants.

According to the release, Trotter has been in custody at the detention center since Sept. 10. He was named a person of interest in the case and when investigators when to speak with him, Trotter pulled out a baggie with a quantity of methamphetamine and was arrested.

He was given a $25,000 bond on the drug charge and was also served with a bench warrant from the city of Walhalla. Trotter was denied bond on those charges.

Rogers was arrested Monday morning by deputies and was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10 a.m.

“The reason that Trotter and Rogers have been charged with Murder and the additional charges in the Padgett Street double homicide investigation is that they went with Reynolds to the incident scene knowing that a crime was going to be committed at the Padgett Street address and aided and abetted Reynolds in that regard, even though Trotter nor Rogers did not physically shoot either Tim Caldwell or David Tranah” says Captain Greg Reed of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. “According to the law in this case, the hand of one is the hand of all.

Gregory James Trotter, Jr., of Walhalla, was also arrested and charged Monday on a charge of accessory after the fact of a felony in regards to his role in helping to conceal a vehicle that was used in the double-homicide, thereby assisting Rogers and Trotter and knowing both had committed a felony.

The vehicle was found on Sept. 10 at a location on Pickens Highway near Walhalla.

The sheriff’s office is currently searching for Gregory Gene Trotter, 54, who is wanted on a charge of accessory after the fact of a felony in regards to the same investigation.

Anyone with information on Gregory Gene Trotter’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the sheriff’s office at 864-638-4111.

Reynolds and Jeremy Trotter were also charged in an unrelated incident with one count each of malicious injury to personal property in reference to causing damage to a vehicle that is the property of the sheriff’s office by shooting at the vehicle with a firearm causing damage to that vehicle at a home in the Seneca area.

An investigation into the double homicide is ongoing.

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