Man who testified in drug trial shot, killed in Anderson Co.

Walter Laranzo Lee (Independent Mail)
Walter Laranzo Lee (Independent Mail)

ANDERSON CO., S.C. (Independent Mail/WSPA) – A man who testified in a recent drug trial was shot and killed on Lance Drive Friday afternoon, Independent Mail reports.

According to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, 40-year-old Walter Laranzo Lee was shot multiple times at his auto-detailing business on Lance Drive.

The incident happened at about 1:40 p.m. on Friday, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Lee was taken to AnMed where he later died from his injuries.

Lee testified in a federal drug trial in Greenville earlier this month that resulted in the convictions of Eric Scott and Antonio Crawley, Independent Mail reports.

They say Scott and Crawley are both facing mandatory life sentences for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Attorney Frank Eppes confirmed Friday night that Lee was his client in the federal drug case.

“He was trying to live a good life now,” Eppes said.

Lee was among 21 people indicted in the drug case in March 2015, Independent Mail reports.

Authorities say the indictments were linked to a major drug ring that operated out of Anderson for at least 13 years.

Independent Mail reports that a five-year investigation resulted in the seizure of more than $1.5 million and 220 pounds of cocaine.

According to federal court records, Lee was released after posting a $100,000 bond in June 2015.

A man who lives near Lee’s auto-detailing business said he heard “nine or ten” shots fired Friday afternoon.

The man, who declined to give his name, said he then saw a man drive away in a silver Ford.

“You hear shots in this neighborhood every night,” the man said.

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