Third Man Arrested in Wallace Cruell Murder

From The Greenville News, who don’t think reporter Paul Alongi’s work is worth putting behind their paywall:

A third man has been jailed in last week’s fatal shooting of a Travelers Rest man who authorities said might have walked in on three men robbing his mobile home.

Lamar Dontray Williams, 25, is charged in a warrant with murder in the Oct. 18 killing of Wallace Cruell, Jr., 36, in his home at 49 Valley Road.


Warrants allege that at least three men kicked in Cruell’s back door “with the intent to commit a crime” and fatally shot him. Also charged with murder are Scottie Lee Butler, 24, and Charles Jeffery Dornberg II, 22, according to warrants.

Deputies were called to the home at 7:49 a.m. and arrived to find a man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound, Smith said.

Investigators believe Cruell took his children to school and returned to find three men robbing his mobile home, Smith said.

There was a fight inside, and Cruell was shot, Smith said. The men left through a back door and are believed to have fled the area in a vehicle, he said.

It’s odd that police are claiming they don’t know the motive while stating that they think Cruell walked in on a robbery and a fight broke out. The motive was clearly the escalation of violence for degenerate thieves.


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