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Sheriff: Wife, friend killed Dacusville man for life insurance

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Sheriff Rick Clark announced the arrests on Thursday in a press conference. (Jan. 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Sheriff Rick Clark announced the arrests on Thursday in a press conference. (Jan. 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Crystal Gail Williams and Marcus Channing Johnson (Source: Pickens Co. Detention Center) Crystal Gail Williams and Marcus Channing Johnson (Source: Pickens Co. Detention Center)
Shane Williams (Source: Robinson Funeral Homes website) Shane Williams (Source: Robinson Funeral Homes website)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said deputies have arrested the wife and a childhood friend in connection with the fatal shooting of a Dacusville man.

Crystal Gail Williams, 34, and Marcus Channing Johnson, 35, were both charged with murder in the death of Shane Williams, Crystal Williams' husband, Clark said during a press conference Thursday.

He said the motive for the killing was to collect a $250,000 life insurance policy on the victim.

According to warrants, Crystal Williams unlocked the kitchen door of the family's Devon Court home for Johnson, who then entered the home early on Jan. 26. Warrants stated Crystal Williams awoke her husband and told him the fire needed wood.

That's when deputies said Shane Williams, 38, walked into the living room where Johnson was waiting. Johnson then shot him three times,  killing him, according to warrants.

Williams' wife and son said they awoke to the sound of gunshots and discovered him dead inside their home about 3:45 a.m., deputies said. But investigators said they found no signs of forced entry.

According to deputies, they have no evidence at this time there was a romantic relationship between Crystal Williams and Johnson. Deputies did say they were able to obtain cell phone records that showed the suspects were communicating about Shane Williams' death. 

Deputies also said both Williams and Johnson had known each other since grade school. 

Clark said investigators worked around the clock to solve the case and ensure they gave the prosecution plenty of evidence. He said they also had a very special motivation that kept them going.

"The 10-year-old [son] is what kept us going at night, investigating, it really gets to us anytime a child is involved," Clark said.

And while both suspects are behind bars, authorities said they won't feel their typical sense of satisfaction because the arrest only opens new wounds for an already grieving family.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said while the crime is eligible for the death penalty because he believes they killed for financial gain, and the case has the potential to go in that direction,  the victim's wishes are a big part of that process, including their son.

"He lost a father and now he has a mother that's been arrested. That creates a unique dynamic in itself," said Wilkins. "We certainly want to do no more harm that's already been done."

Deputies said Crystal Williams was arrested at the sheriff's office following an interview with investigators, while Johnson was taken into custody at his home.

They were also charged with criminal conspiracy. Johnson was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Both suspects were denied bonds when they appeared before a judge following their arrests.

According to his online memorial, Williams was employed with Taylors Fire and Sewer and was a member of Cedar Rock Baptist Church where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

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