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7 people charged after a man was shot to death in Lancaster County

Investigators believe the shooting was in retaliation for a fight that happened earlier in the evening on Evans Drive.

LANCASTER, S.C. — The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man was fatally shot over on Sunday, August 9th. 

Deputy Coroner Lynette Walker responded to Crenson Drive in Lancaster at 1:30 a.m.

According to Coroner Karla Deese, a man who had been shot multiple times was lying in the yard of a friend's home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has since been identified as 29-year-old Ethan Dailey of Waxhaw, North Carolina. 

Two suspects from Lancaster were initially arrested in connection to the homicide — 37-year-old Antonio Mickle and 42-year-old Reno Blakely. 

After further investigation, it was revealed that after driving Antonio Mickle to the Crenson Drive address, Blakely and Antonio Mickle got out of the car armed with handguns and then fired shots at Dailey.  Blakely’s bond was denied on the new charges.

Shortly after, witnesses reported they heard gunshots and saw Mickle armed with a handgun as he got into an older model Honda and left the scene. While investigating, deputies went to the home of Mickle's relatives on Sawgrass Lane, where they found the Honda behind the house. 

Several people came out of the home at the request of the officers while a search warrant was prepared. Eventually, Mickle and Blakely came out. The two were detained around 5 a.m. and the home was searched for evidence.

Reno Blakely’s charges have been upgraded and five additional defendants have been charged in connection with the shooting death of  Dailey.

Kendarius Tyrek Mickle, age 20, and Damarkus Tyrone Nivens, age 23, both of Sawgrass Lane in Lancaster, were each charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the crime and were arrested on August 14th. Evidence indicates that the two also went to Crenson Drive in a second automobile and that one was armed with a rifle which was fired at the time of the incident. Bond was denied for Kendarius Mickle and Nivens, who are Antonio Mickle’s sister’s sons.

Keisha McDow, age 35, of the Evans Drive address where the party was held, was arrested on August 12th and charged with misprision of a felony.  McDow was present at the home on Evans Drive when officers first arrived. Police say she denied knowing the identity of the person who got into the fight with Dailey, although she witnessed the fight. The investigation revealed McDow is Antonio Mickle’s girlfriend and shared the Evans Drive home with him.  McDow posted a $5,000 bond and was released on August 13th.

Shirley Ann Mickle, age 65, and Angie Denise Mickle, age 45, both of Sawgrass Lane, were also arrested on August 14th and charged with accessory after the fact of a felony. Police say they were present at the Sawgrass Lane home when deputies and investigators arrived shortly after the shooting looking for Antonio Mickle. Both denied Antonio Mickle was in the home. Shirley Mickle is Antonio Mickle’s mother and Angie Mickle is his sister. Both posted $50,000.00 surety bonds later on August 14th.

“As is typical in investigations of this nature, relentless pursuit of witnesses by our deputies and investigators provided stepping stones to the arrests of several people who had a hand in Mr. Dailey’s death,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “It takes time and patience running out every lead and talking to every potential witness to get to the truth, and we believe we are there. No additional arrests are expected.”  

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Mr. Dailey’s family,” Sheriff Barry Faile said in a statement. “This shooting should not have occurred. Mickle or someone else at the party should have called us to investigate the fight so that we could take appropriate action. Instead, Mickle took matters into his own hands, and now a man is dead and Mickle and Blakely are in jail. The quick arrests in this case are the direct result of citizen cooperation with the police. We appreciate assistance like this which make our communities safer.”

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388.

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