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Sheriff: Murder suspect in block party shootings found dead, others charged

Alexus Coleman (L) and Alexius Long (Source: Laurens Co. Detention Center) Alexus Coleman (L) and Alexius Long (Source: Laurens Co. Detention Center)
Roydrecilous Irby (Source: Facebook) Roydrecilous Irby (Source: Facebook)
Deputies, SLED on scene of shooting on Winetta St. (FOX Carolina: 5/21/2017) Deputies, SLED on scene of shooting on Winetta St. (FOX Carolina: 5/21/2017)
Michael Dewayne Watts (L), Sterling Orlando Workman (R). (Source: LCSO) Michael Dewayne Watts (L), Sterling Orlando Workman (R). (Source: LCSO)
Steven Redd (courtesy: LCSO) Steven Redd (courtesy: LCSO)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office confirmed three arrests have been made following a Saturday double homicide that occurred during a block party and that a man charged with murder in the shootings was found dead.

Deputies said they were called out to a home in the 200 block of Winetta St. around 11:15 p.m. in reference to shots fired.

When they arrived, deputies said they found two men with gunshot wounds. Both men were taken from the scene by ambulance to Laurens Memorial Hospital where they were pronounced dead, according to deputies.

The coroner identified the victims as 26-year-old Roydrecilous Irby of Gray Court and 43-year-old Sidney Speaks of Mountville. The coroner confirmed one of the victim's was shot one time with a "high powered gun" and the other was shot four times with a small caliber pistol. Both died from their gunshot wounds.

On Monday, Sheriff Don Reynolds said two arrests were made in the case and others were being questioned. The two suspects, identified as 24-year-old Alexus Deshon Coleman and 20-year-old Alexius Tiquesha Long.

The pair is charged with breach of peace for firing shots at the party according to deputies, but have not been connected to the deaths of Irby or Speaks.

At a bond hearing on Monday, the judge charged Coleman with breach of peace of an aggravated nature. Her bond was set at $20,000. She is not allowed to have contact with the co-defendant or victims and she is not allowed to have any weapons.

Long received the same charges: breach of peace of an aggravated nature. She is also not allowed to have contact with the co-defendant or victims and she is not allowed to have any weapons. Her bond was also set at $20,000.

Reynolds said the incident started as a child's birthday party but turned into a block party. A lot of alcohol and guns were at the party, the sheriff said.

On Tuesday, deputies confirmed a third suspect, Steven Redd, had been charged in the case.

Redd is charged with assault and battery first degree and may face additional or upgraded charges, deputies said.

Reynolds said Tuesday that the block party shootings were connected to a death investigation on Fountain Inn. 

Reynolds said deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at a home on Tifton Court Monday evening when they found a person shot to death inside.

On Tuesday, Nichols identified the victim as 25-year-old Johnny Lee Pyles of Laurens.

Reynolds said deputies were at the home to serve a murder warrant on Pyles in connection with the block party shootings.Reynolds said Pyles death is believed to be suicide.

Later on Tuesday deputies said 27-year-old Sterling Orlando Workman is charged with obstructing justice and breach of peace, aggravated in nature. Michael Dewayne Watts, 32, was also arrested and charged with first-degree assault and battery.

Both suspects have been transported to the Johnson Detention Center.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Clinton Police Department are assisting in the investigation.

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