Second arrest in connection to Padgett Street homicide

Oconee County Sheriff's Office announces second arrest in ongoing investigation
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Press Release from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office:

(Walhalla, SC) --- The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing a second arrest today in connection with a recent homicide that occurred on Padgett Street, which is on the Utica Mill Hill, near Seneca.

20 year old Stanley Eugene Earl, Jr. of Scott Circle in Pendleton was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:12pm yesterday on charges of Murder and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.  Earl, Jr. was taken into custody on Refuge Road near Pendleton late yesterday afternoon by agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  Custody of Earl, Jr. was then transferred to Investigators with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

Stanley Eugene Earl, Jr
Stanley Eugene Earl, Jr Photo credit Oconee County Sheriff's Office

Last Friday in a news release, the Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 27 year old Braxton Earl of Scott Circle in Pendleton in relation to the same incident.  Braxton Earl has also been charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.

Braxton Earl
Braxton Earl Photo credit Oconee County Sheriff's Office

Both subjects have been charged in the shooting death of 62 year old Richard Dennis Keese of Pendleton on Tuesday evening, August 31st.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our law enforcement partners with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the Seneca Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for their assistance and help in our ongoing investigation.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

At this time, both subjects remain in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center as bond was denied for both subjects on the Murder charge.  Both subjects will appear at a later time before a Circuit Court Judge regarding bond.