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CrimePrison inmate 'orchestrated' killing of woman; 5 others charged in her death, sheriff says

22:15  01 august  2019
22:15  01 august  2019 Source:   wyff4.com

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Almost two weeks after a woman's body was found in the woods of Laurens County, the sheriff there said she died at the hands of six people-one whom ordered the killing from prison.

Prison inmate 'orchestrated' killing of woman; 5 others charged in her death, sheriff says© Laurens County Sheriff's Office Brandon Lee Phillips and Billy Wayne Ruppe - charged in connection with the death of Michelle Dodge in Laurens County

Sheriff Dan Reynolds said those six people are now charged in the death of Michelle Dodge, 27, of York, South Carolina.

York's body was found July 20 in a secluded and wooded area of Laurens County near Ekom Beach Road. The coroner said an autopsy showed she died of a gunshot to the back of the head.

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Dodge's missing 2006 Dodge Charger was found on July 24, deputies said, but they did not say where.

Reynolds said investigators worked with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies to follow leads in the case.

One of those arrested is Robert Peterson, who is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for murder, Reynolds said.

Reynolds said investigators have evidence that indicated Peterson orchestrated the murder from prison. He is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Also charged in the murder of Dodge are:

  • Aaron Carrion (photo not provided) - Arrested Wednesday night in Sumter, charged with murder, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Aaron Sprouse (photo not provided) - Currently in custoday in Cherokee County, charged with murder, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Billy Wayne Ruppe, 53, of Gaffney - Currently in custody at the Laurens County Detention Center, charged with accessory after the fact to murder and criminal conspiracy
  • Brandon Lee Phillips, 34, of Gaffney - Currently in custody at the Laurens County Detention Center, charged with accessory before the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Lisa Marie Bolton (no photo provided) - Arrested in North Carolina on Wednesday, charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Lisa Marie Costello (no photo provided) - Currently in custody in Cherokee County, charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Catherine Ross (no photo provided) - Currently in custody in Cherokee County, charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and accessory after the fact to kidnapping

In addition to the six arrests, Reynolds said more arrests were expected.

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