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Pelzer triple homicide shooter dies in hospital

Jared Michael Williams, the 35 year old man who was serving a life sentence in prison for a triple homicide shooting in Pelzer last year, has died. Williams died Friday night at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood where he had been hospitalized since March 2, however the reason for his hospitalization has not been made public.

A spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Corrections said details regarding the death are currently under investigation.

Williams was an inmate at the McCormick Correctional Institution since last November, when he pleaded guilty to killing Wanda Renee Anderson, Victor Vandegrift and Hank Easton at a home in Pelzer.

He also admitted to shooting Tara Hendricks, who survived the incident.

Shooter was on “Community Supervision”

Reports that Jared Michael Williams was on probation when he allegedly killed three people in Pelzer were mistaken, but mainly in the way they were stated. Peter O’Boyle, Public Information Director for the State Parole and Probation Office clarified the facts in a telephone interview and follow-up e-mail with The Journal.

“Jared Williams was not on probation. In 1996, South Carolina abolished probation for those committing violent crimes. Instead, they substituted the community supervision program, which states that a violent offender must serve at least eighty five per cent of their sentence before they can be released. Unless they commit additional offenses while in prison, they usually are released.”

Triple homicide in Pelzer; chase ends in Piedmont

By Stan Welch

Jared Michael Williams faces a total of twenty criminal charges, most in connection with a killing spree he allegedly went on last Wednesday. Williams’ girfriend, Hope Kristian Phillips, facing three charges of accessory after the fact of murder and a murder charge in connection with the death of one of the three victims.

At a press conference held two days after the triple homicide shooting in Pelzer, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper enumerated many of the charges filed against Williams, WM, 32, of McAlister Road in Williamston.






Williams led a bevy of assorted law enforcement officers on a high speed chase from Pelzer to Piedmont Wednesday afternoon, before crashing the stolen vehicle he was driving into a house on Highway 86 inside the Piedmont town limits.

Williams is charged with the murders, by multiple gunshots, of Victor Vandegrift, Hank Eaton, and the murder of Wanda Anderson by a single gunshot. All three murders, as well as the attempted murder of Tara Hendricks, occurred at a home at 104 Law Street.

Hendricks, wounded twice, hid beneath a bed briefly before escaping and fleeing to a nearby home, where she called police.

West Pelzer Police Chief Mike Clardy told The Journal that Williams had outstanding warrants related to the theft of financial transaction cards and was also a person of interest in several auto theft instances in the area.

“We didn’t have enough on the car thefts to get a warrant, but we were very interested in asking him some questions,” said Clardy. “Unfortunately, before we were able to locate him, these senseless killings took place.”

Charges grow, details made public in Pelzer shooting

From Friday Sheriff’s Office News Conference

By Stan Welch

The litany of charges continues to grow against a Williamston man and a Greenville woman accused of being involved in the triple homicide shooting in Pelzer Wednesday.

At a press conference today (Friday) afternoon, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper enumerated a total of seventeen charges filed against Jared Michael Williams, WM, 32, of McAlister Road in Williamston, and his reported girlfriend Hope Kristian Phillips. WF, 19, of Blue Forest Lane in Greenville.

Williams, charged with three counts of murder as well as one count of attempted murder, led a bevy of assorted law enforcement officers on a high speed chase from Pelzer to Piedmont Wednesday afternoon, before crashing the stolen vehicle he was driving into a house on Highway 86 inside the Piedmont town limits.

News conference 2 pm today on Pelzer shooting

Williams girlfiend facing murder charges in connection

By David Meade

Jared Michael Williams, the accused shooter in the triple homicide in Pelzer Wednesday, was released from Greenville Memorial Hospital Thursday and was transported to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m today (Friday) to announce charges against Williams, 34, of 421 McAlister Rd., Williamston.

The sheriff’s office also announced Thursday that they had arrested Williams’ girlfriend Hope Kristian Phillips, 19, of Greenville in connection with the incident. Phillips is facing charges of murder, accessory after the fact and larceny.

Hope Phillips

Hope Phillips

Shooting stemmed from argument

The triple homicide shooting in Pelzer Wednesday stemmed from a verbal altercation which ensued between Jared Michael Williams and her brother, according to a statement by the fourth victim who survived the shooting.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Tara Diane Hendricks told deputies that she was inside the house at 104 Law St. when a verbal altercation ensued between the alleged shooter, Jared Michael Williams, and her brother. The report did not state what the argument was about.

Jared Michael Williams

Jared Michael Williams

Hendricks said the verbal altercation become heated and Williams pulled out a handgun and shot her brother. He then shot another victim in the house and then her.

According to the report, Hendricks hid under a bed as Williams waited for the last victim to enter the residence and he shot her as soon as she entered. The shooter then fled the scene in a dark green Chevrolet truck.

Hendricks ran to a neighbor’s house at 7 McCaughrin St. for help. She is currently hospitalized at Greenville Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Alleged shooter, victim remain in same hospital

Surviving victim identified

Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies continue to guard the hospital room of Jared Michael Williams, WM, age 34, the alleged gunman in a shooting incident Wednesday in which three people were fatally shot, according to Lt. Shelia B. Cole, Public Information Officer with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. According to Cole, Williams is still being held at Greenville Memorial Hospital where he may undergo surgery for injuries sustained during yesterday’s incident.

The surviving victim, Tara Diane Hendricks, is also hospitalized at GMH; her injuries are reported as non-life threatening.

Williamston man in custody in triple homicide – Pelzer

Investigators at the scene of a shooting in Pelzer in which three people are dead.

A suspect is in custody after three people were killed in a shooting at a home in Pelzer around 2:45 pm today (Wednesday). According to Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper Jared Michael Williams, of Williamston, was arrested following a man hunt and chase that ended in Piedmont at approximately 5 p.m.

The incident began when Williams went into a home on Law St. inPelzer, confronted three people and fatally shot them. A fourth victim was injured but managed to exit the house and go to a neighbor for help.

Search, chase for triple homicide suspect ends in Piedmont

Following reports of a triple homicide shooting in Pelzer, authorities issued a BOLO for a second truck stolen by the alleged shooter. Law enforcement spotted and pursued it in a chase that went across fields, through a fence and along Hwy. 86 into Piedmont. Spike strips were placed on Hwy. 86 in front of the Piedmont shopping center where H&R block and the Piedmont library are located. The suspect fired shots at Greenville County Deputies. The strips did not stop the vehicle which continued toward Piedmont. The chase ended when the stolen truck crashed into a car and then into a house on Hwy. 86 near Hwy. 20 in Piedmont.  According to reports, the driver of the truck was pulled from the wrecked truck by numerous officers and there was a physical altercation. Jared Michael Williams of Williamston was arrested according to Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper. According to reports Williams pleaded guilty to carjacking in 2005 in Greenville County and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. He was transported by Greenville County EMS. Persons in the other vehicle which was also stuck by the stolen truck were also injured. The incident remains under investigation with officials in both Anderson and Greenville counties on both scenes. As of 6 p.m. the bodies of the three people who were fatally shot in Pelzer had not been removed from the residence on Law St. Nearby witnesses reported hearing seven shots when the incident began around 3 p.m. today (Wednesday). The Journal will update information in this incident as we get it.

Hwy. 86 blocked

Hwy. 86 blocked remained block after a chase for a triple homicide suspect ended in Piedmont.

Pelzer shooting – Law St.

Investigators at the scene of a multiple shooting on Law St. in Pelzer. According to reports, three people were fatally shot and another injured around 3 p.m. today by a Williamston man identified as Jared Michael Williams. The suspect left the scene in a stolen vehicle which was later abandoned for another vehicle which was stolen from a construction site. The suspect was apprehended in Piedmont after crashing the stolen truck in a house.

Pelzer shooting – early reports

Suspect crashes into house in Piedmont

Update – (4:45 p.m.) Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies are at the scene on Hwy. 86 at Hwy. 20 in Piedmont where the suspect in a shooting in Pelzer (around 3 p.m. today) crashed a truck into a house.  According to witnesses, just minutes before the crash, the Anderson County SWAT team attempted to stop the vehicle in front of the H&R Block office on Hwy. 86. Stop sticks were layed in the highway but the suspect vehicle did not stop when it came by heading toward Piedmont from I-85. Multiple shots were fired by the suspect at duputies. The vehicle apparently continued through Piedmont at a high rate of speed and the driver lost control and struck a house between the fire department and Hwy. 20 on Hwy. 86.

Anderson School District One ball teams and others in the vicinity were on lockdown while authorities were attempting to locate the suspect.

Anderson county sheriff’s deputies are on the scene investigating a shooting on Law St. in Pelzer. Unconfirmed reports of four people shot. The Journal will update as soon as additional information is available.



Third suspect arrested in Pelzer shooting

A Piedmont man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident in Pelzer recently. Randy James Kennedy, 24, of Old Pelzer Road, Piedmont, was arrested in the Moonville area of Greenville County without incident. Officers charged Kennedy with attempted murder and robbery in connection with an incident at 11 River Street, Pelzer, on June 16. Two others, Billy Joe Crane and Jamie Michael Eaton, were also arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

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