Thursday, January 21, 2010

Suspects in Murder Arrested in Aiken County

A man and woman wanted in connection with a murder in upstate South Carolina were apprehended yesterday in Aiken County.

Christopher Robert Murray, 20, of Aiken, and Beulah Faye Brissey, 19, of , Easley, were taken into custody Wednesday night in connection with the shooting death of James Anthony Gibson in Pickens County, S.C.

Authorities had been searching for the pair in Monday's killing. A warrant alleges that Mr. Murray told people he killed the victim. Another warrant states that Ms. Brissey accompanied Mr. Murray to the victim's residence in Easley and left with him following the shooting.

The victim, 21, was found dead in his home Monday night, and an autopsy revealed that he died from a gunshot wound.

Around 6 p.m. last night, while assisting the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in their on-going homicide investigation, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, and the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team received information regarding the whereabouts of the two Pickens County murder suspects. Information received by investigators led authorities to Andrews Circle in Montmorenci, S.C..

One subject was apprehended immediately, the other ran from the Andrews Circle address. The Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team tracked the second subject, and was able to apprehend him about and hour later with out incident.

Sheriff Michael Hunt stated, “I am very proud of our investigators and Deputies, because of their hard work and persistence with this incident, they were able to gather information and effectively apprehend these two murder suspects very quickly”.

Both suspects were to be transported back to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office for a bond arraignment. Mr. Murray is charged with murder, while Ms. Brissey is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, according to arrest warrants.

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