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Couple charged after 3 slain, 1 survives Pelzer shooting

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Jared Williams (L) and Hope Phillips (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center) Jared Williams (L) and Hope Phillips (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center)
Jared Williams at his bond hearing on Friday. (March 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Jared Williams at his bond hearing on Friday. (March 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Hope Phillips at her bond hearing. (March 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Hope Phillips at her bond hearing. (March 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
PELZER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies have formally charged the Williamston man accused of killing three people and trying to kill four others during a shooting and two-county chase on Wednesday.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Jared Williams, 34, faces more than a dozen charges including three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, armed robbery and more.

Deputies said Williams was at a home on Law Street in Pelzer about 2:45 p.m. when he shot and killed 43-year-old Wanda Renee Anderson, 48-year-old Victor Vandegrift and 32-year-old Hank Eaton. They said Williams also shot Tara Hendricks, who survived and ran to a neighbor's home to call 911.

According to Skipper, Williams' girlfriend Hope Phillips was at the home and involved in one of the deaths before they both fled the scene, stealing Anderson's pickup truck.

Deputies quickly gathered information identifying Williams as the suspect and a description of the truck beginning a pursuit, Skipper said.

Deputies chased the truck through Anderson County and into Greenville County. According to Skipper, Williams shot at one Anderson County deputy and two Greenville County deputies who were trying to stop him during the chase. The Greenville County deputies who were shot at are brothers, according to Anderson County officials.

At one point, deputies said Williams abandoned the truck, fled on foot and carjacked someone else's vehicle before later crashing into a home near Highway 86 and Hammett Street.

Though he tried to run again, members of the SWAT team and deputies were able to take Williams into custody at the crash, Skipper said. He said Phillips was located earlier in the chase when the first truck was abandoned.

In the crash, Williams bumped his knee and was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, Skipper said. He said initially they thought he may have to undergo surgery, but they were able to treat and release him Thursday.

Skipper said they believe the suspects and victims knew each other, but he did not elaborate much on the relationship between the suspects and victims, or a motive. He also said deputies have no information any of the victims were related, though Tara initially referred to one of the men as her brothers.

He also said there was no indication that drugs were involved.

Prior to the shooting, Skipper said deputies were already out looking for Williams Wednesday in connection with two separate cases. He said Williams was wanted by Williamston police in connection with some credit card fraud charges and deputies also wanted to talk to him in relationship to recent car thefts in the Piedmont and Pelzer area.

Both Williams and Phillips will go before a judge for their arraignments Friday but will be denied bond on the murder charges, which will have to be set by a circuit court judge at a later date.

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