Charges dismissed against SC man who shot, killed 2 neighbors - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Charges dismissed against SC man who shot, killed 2 neighbors

Posted: Updated:
Lawrence Roy Campbell (Source: WYFF) Lawrence Roy Campbell (Source: WYFF)
GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) -

The charges against an Upstate man who shot and killed his neighbors were dropped Wednesday morning.

Lawrence Roy Campbell had been charged with two counts of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in August 2012.

Deputies said Ben Lee Anders, 69, and his 42-year-old son, also named Ben Lee Anders, died on Aug. 21, 2012.

Witnesses said Campbell was walking his dog when he was confronted by the father and son.  Investigators said Campbell shot the pair in the street in front of the Anders' home. The defense said the Anders threatened Campbell and he was protecting himself.

Wally Fayssoux,  Campbell's defense attorney, said his client is relieved.

"I know that my client was in reasonable fear of his life, as he should've been -- as anyone of us would've been, put in that situation. There were repeated threats to hurt him, to kill him, to cut him. It was a neighborhood under siege," Fayssoux said.

The charges were dropped after Fayssoux argued that he should have been provided notes from law enforcement earlier taken while interviewing a witness to the shootings.

13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said the notes, which his office received on Tuesday and subsequently gave to the defense, contained information from the witness that contradicted statements made earlier.

"The notes that we did obtain from law enforcement did, in fact, allude that he was slightly involved in the altercation. Therefore his story was slightly different, and therefore the defense counsel could use that to impeach his credibility," Wilkins said.

Judge C. Victor Pyle ruled to exclude the witness, Jeremy Robinson, and his statements to law enforcement from testimony.

"Those were two extremely important pieces of evidence that we had to present to a jury. Without those pieces of evidence, we could not go forward," Wilkins said.

Greenville County Deputy Coroner Barry Wright said Ben Lee Anders died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anders' 69-year-old father was shot in the head. He was taken to Greenville Memorial.  Anders was taken off life support after he was declared brain dead and died hours later.

Witnesses said deputies had been called out to the neighborhood before because of confrontations between the same neighbors.

Copyright 2014 WYFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow