Solicitor Chrissy Adams has announced that an Anderson County jury reached a Guilty verdict in the case of the State vs. Billy Shane Tucker for Murder, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill. Tucker had been charged with the murder of David Blackwell which took place on July 13, 2005 in Anderson County. At the same time, Tucker was charged with Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill for the shooting of Leah Spruell who was present at the home of Blackwell at the time of Blackwell’s murder. 

The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Tucker to life for the Murder charge, 5 years for the Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime, and 20 years for the Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill. All sentences are to be served consecutively. 

Solicitor Chrissy Adams has announced that twenty-year old Kevin Pitts pled guilty to Murder in Anderson County General Sessions Court today for the death of Anthony Haygood on September 10, 2004 at Pendleton High School in Anderson. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Pitts to 30 years.

Forty-five year old William Geer pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter in Anderson County General Sessions Court today for the death of Polly Walters on May 17, 2005 in Anderson. The Honorable J. C. “Buddy” Nicholson sentenced Geer to 30 years.

Solicitor Chrissy Adams has announced that an Anderson County jury took less than an hour to reach a verdict of Guilty in the case of the State vs. Johnny Ray Gambrell for the murder of Lois Gambrell in July of 2004. Bone fragments identified as the remains of Ms. Gambrell were found in the ashes of a fire behind the home the two had shared. The Honorable J. C. “Buddy” 
Nicholson sentenced Gambrell to life in prison. 

The State’s case was supported by expert testimony from forensic anthropologist Dr. Ted Rathbun who had done testing of the evidence in the case, which included small bone fragments identified as that of a daughter of Frances King, Lois Gambrell’s mother.