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Sheriff: 2 charged in March murder-for-hire in Abbeville Co.

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Karlia Desean Phillips and Tavirous Dequan Settles (Source: Abbeville Co. Sheriff's Office) Karlia Desean Phillips and Tavirous Dequan Settles (Source: Abbeville Co. Sheriff's Office)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Abbeville County Sheriff's Office announced on Thursday that two people are charged in connection with a murder-for-hire in March.

Sheriff Ray Watson said in a press conference that Tavirous Dequan Settles, 17, and Karlia Desean Phillips were both charged in connection with the murder of a 30-year-old man earlier this year.

Settles is charged with murder and Phillips is charged with the use of or employment of a person under the age of 18 in the commission of a violent crime, the sheriff's office said. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said Phillips is the former sister in law of Settles.

Officials with the sheriff's office said Settles was already in custody for another murder charge at the time of the press conference.

At the time of the shooting, interim sheriff Ronnie Ashley said the parents of the victim heard gunshots outside their home on Old Douglas Mill Road around 10:30 p.m. March 25. They said they ran outside and found their 30-year-old son dead in the yard, according to Ashley.

Cousin Landrew Collier said Phillips could easily make a friend and he was supposed to spend time with him later in the week.

"Somebody would actually kill this man in his mother's and dad's yard, man, that's shocking," Collier told FOX Carolina in March. "And it's so rural out here, it's going to be hard for anybody to hear anything."

The sheriff said in the press conference that he wanted to bring closure to the family of the victim.

They are still investigating the incident and officials said other parties are believed to be involved.

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