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SLED: Suspect tried to kill trial witness by setting home on fire

Alexander Dillard (L) and Alexis Adams (Courtesy: Pickens County Detention Center) Alexander Dillard (L) and Alexis Adams (Courtesy: Pickens County Detention Center)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they arrested an Upstate man and woman on a list of charges connected to a house fire in Easley, which was part of an attempted murder plot.

Agents said Alexander Dillard, 22, of Easley made 10 "incendiary devices," transported them to a home on Maryland Avenue, and then used the devices to cause an explosion inside the home.

The explosion sparked a fire inside the home while three people were sleeping inside, according to warrants. The warrants state Dillard set the fire in hopes of killing a witness who was expected to be called to testify against Dillard in a trial due to start Monday along with the witness' parents.

Adam Eytcheson, 23, was sleeping when the explosives went off on Monday. Back in 2012, both Eytcheson and Dillard were arrested on charges of conspiring to rob the Dollar General on Pelzer Highway.

But Eytcheson struck a deal with authorities that if he testified against Dillard, he would get a lesser sentence. Dillard's trial was set to start on Monday but was postponed.

On Tuesday, court officials said Dillard pleaded guilty to the 2012 armed robbery, after being arrested in connection with the arson.

Eytcheson told FOX Carolina he believes Dillard started the fire to silence him and his family. 

Following Monday's fire, Dillard was charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of third-degree arson, 10 counts of manufacturing a destruction device, and one count of intimidation of a witness, according to warrants.

Agents said Alexis Adams, 18, of Travelers Rest was also charged with conspiracy and accessory to a felony. Warrants state that Adams knew Dillard had plans to cause harm to the witness and accompanied Dillard when he purchased items to make the incendiary devices.

If convicted, Dillard could face up to 80 years in prison.

Adams' conspiracy charge is a felony which could merit a prison sentence of up to five years. The accessory charge is also a felony with a penalty the same as the principal felon in the case, according to SLED.

If convicted, Dillard could face up to 80 years in prison.

Adams' conspiracy charge is a felony which could merit a prison sentence of up to five years. The accessory charge is also a felony with a penalty the same as the principal felon in the case, according to SLED.

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