Police: Irmo man charged with murdering his estranged wife

Stacy Wade (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Stacy Wade (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Charnel Redden (Source: Irmo Police Department)
Charnel Redden (Source: Irmo Police Department)

By Rochelle Dean - email

IRMO, SC (WIS) - An Irmo man was arrested and charged with the murder of his estranged wife after police said he turned himself in and led them to her body.

Police Chief Brian Buck said officers and SLED agents found the body of 25-year-old Charnel Redden Saturday afternoon in a construction site near River Drive. She was reported missing on Monday and was last seen at 37-year-old Stacy Wade's home on Fallsbury Road.

This is not Wade's first time behind bars. His five-page arrest record shows a rap sheet dating back to 1992. A conviction for distribution of crack cocaine, a string of assaults, disorderly conduct even a charge of rape less than two months ago, and now an arrest for murder. Wade's arrest record is lengthy, and reveals nearly two decades of violence.

Wade's friend Willie Hayes said he knew the suspect pretty well. "He's a nice guy," he said, "We grew up together."

But he admitted he never in a million years would have believed that his childhood friend would be facing murder charges. "No, that ain't like him," said Hayes, "That why I said I was kind of shocked, you know. That's not like him."

Chief Buck said Wade vanished nearly a week ago, and authorities couldn't locate him. He said his department believed Wade had information about what had happened to his wife. "We had some physical evidence obtained, witness statements obtained and we executed some search warrants that gave us some more evidence," said Chief Buck, "It wasn't one thing, it several things that led us to believe that foul play was involved."

Irmo police said officers began focusing on Wade as their prime suspect just days after Redden's disappearance. Saturday afternoon, after six days of searching, Wade turned himself in to police at the urging of family and friends and led authorities to her body.

Officers believed Wade killed Redden sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning during a domestic argument. "We're alleging that she was assaulted," said Chief Buck, "She wasn't shot or stabbed. It was a fight."

Wade has been charged with Redden's murder and then taking her body to the site off River Drive. "At this point we are cleaning up the details and answering everything that we can answer," said Buck.

Wade is awaiting a bond hearing in the court of General Sessions.

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