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Lancaster man charged with murder

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By Chris Sardelli

A woman was found shot to death in the yard of a Lancaster home late Monday, Dec. 30, and authorities have charged her boyfriend with murder. 

Tanner Crolley, 18, 437 S. Potter Road, was arrested early Tuesday morning, Dec. 31,  and was charged in connection to the death of Sierra Landry, 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

Deputies found Landry’s body in a yard after responding to a home in the 1400 block of John Everall Road about 10:10 p.m. Monday. 

Landry was already dead when deputies arrived and she appeared to have been shot, the release said.  

A team of both criminal and crime scene investigators were also called out and began a detailed investigation.  

Through their investigation, authorities developed Crolley as a suspect and learned that he ran from the home on foot, the release said.  

About three hours later, deputies found Crolley near the intersection of John Everall Road and Monroe Highway (S.C. 200), and he was arrested without incident.  

Crolley is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center and is awaiting a bond hearing.

Sheriff Barry Faile said Crolley and Landry were in a relationship and had been arguing outside the home when he allegedly shot her.

“They were boyfriend and girlfriend,” Faile said Tuesday, Dec. 31. “We later found him through the cooperation of family members.”

Faile said no one else is charged in the crime and no other charges are expected against Crolley. 

On Tuesday, Faile expressed condolences to Landry’s family. 

“First and foremost, our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to the family of Ms. Landry. This was a tragic loss of such a young life,” Faile said. “We are satisfied that we were able to resolve the case quickly and bring the suspect into custody before he was able to cause any more harm.”

Landry’s death is Lancaster County’s 10 th death from violent crime in 2013. 

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416