Man charged with murder in deadly 2012 home invasion

Jerry Ernest Ballard (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)
Jerry Ernest Ballard (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Charleston man for deadly home invasion in May of 2012.

31-year-old Jerry Ernest Ballard was arrested Wednesday in Charleston. He is charged with murder, burglary, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Investigators say in May of 2012, Ballard kicked open the door of a home on McLeary Lane and demanded money. 28-year-old Antonio Lavaughn Dixon was shot and killed during the robbery.

Deputies say Ballard got drugs and money from the robbery before Dixon was shot.

Police connected Ballard to the crime after he was arrested in Charleston on an unrelated robbery charge and he had the handgun that was used to murder Dixon. Ballard was arrested at the Charleston County Detention Center, where he was being held on pending charges for the robbery in Charleston.

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