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Eighth suspect arrested in home invasion murder
Friday, July 29, 2011


FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Deputies have arrested the eighth suspected gang member sought in connection with a home invasion that left a 64-year-old Blair man dead over the weekend.

The Fairfield County Sheriff's Department said the eight men, including a 16-year-old, have been charged in the death of Leon Wright. Deputies caught the eighth suspect, Demonta Ruff, on Thursday and charged him with murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy.


Click here to view the mugshots and read the charges of the men arrested
Wright's sister found his body inside his home on Sunday morning. Chief Deputy Keith Lewis said Wright was killed sometime late Saturday night after closing up his nearby business for the night.

Deputies said the group's intention was to rob a drug dealer in the parking lot of Wright's store, but the intended victim did not show up Saturday night. The suspects then saw Wright leave the store and followed him home, investigators said.

The suspects parked their vehicle close to Wright's home and several of them kicked in the door of the house between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. to rob him, according to investigators.

As the men were fleeing the home, they shot and killed Wright, deputies said. There is no evidence that the men got away with any of Wright's property.

The seven suspects are being held in jail awaiting bond hearings. Four of the suspects were arrested in Newberry County and three were arrested in Fairfield County. The juvenile is being held in DJJ.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15158043/deputies-arrest-7-in-home-invasion-murder

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