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Five arrested in murder of man at his front door

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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Detectives have arrested five people in connection with the death of a 64-year-old man who was fatally shot in his head on September 21 when he answered the front door at a home he was living in near Gaston.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives served Charles Carlisle Plumley, 29, of Lexington, and Shawn William Sharpe, 20, of Lexington, with arrest warrants on charges of murder, first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

Detectives on Friday also served arrest warrants on Patsy Jean Anz, 63, of Gaston, on a charge of misprision of a felony, Angela Renee Griffin, 31, of Lexington, on a charge of accessory after the fact to a felony, and Raymond Daniel Plumley, Jr., 36, of Gaston, on a charge of accessory after the fact to a felony.

Metts said Griffin is the girlfriend of Charles Plumley. Anz is an acquaintance of Raymond Plumley.

According to arrest warrants, at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Charles Plumley and Shawn Sharpe, who was armed with a .45-caliber handgun, went to a home at 254 Victor Road with the intent to rob the home's occupants of crack cocaine and money, Metts said. Charles Plumley and Raymond Plumley regularly bought crack cocaine at the home, the sheriff said.

Arrest warrants further allege that Plumley and Sharpe, who were wearing masks to conceal their faces, knocked on the front door at the Victor Road home, Metts said. As soon as Leon W. Justice, 64, opened the home's front door, witnesses told detectives that Sharpe shot Justice once in the head with the .45-caliber handgun.

The exact circumstances of the fatal shooting of Justice remain under investigation, Metts said. Justice had rented a bedroom at the Victor Road home for about one year.

After the fatal shooting, Sharpe forced the homeowner at gunpoint to give him crack cocaine and money, Metts said. Sharpe and Charles Plumley contacted Raymond Plumley and Griffin in order to seek their assistance in concealing the fatal shooting of Justice, investigators said.

Arrest warrants allege that Griffin and Raymond Plumley later drove Charles Plumley and Sharpe to a motel on S.C. 302 near Cayce, where Griffin attempted to pay for a motel room under a false name, Metts said. Griffin and Raymond Plumley provided false information to detectives when they questioned them about the incident. Anz also provided false information to detectives when they questioned her about her knowledge of the fatal shooting.

Plumley and Sharpe were scheduled to appear in court on Friday for first-appearance hearings during which a Lexington County magistrate formally will advise the two men about the offenses that the two men are charged with committing, Metts said.

Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct bond hearings for Charles Plumley and Sharpe because murder carries a punishment of life in prison, Metts said. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office has not yet scheduled bond hearings for the two men.

Anz, Griffin and Raymond Plumley were scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon for bond hearings.

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