Arrest made after driver murdered, left in ditch in Anderson Co.

Zachary Earl Powell
Zachary Earl Powell

ANDERSON CO. (WSPA) – Deputies say a man is in custody after a woman was shot, killed and left in a ditch in Anderson County.

Zachary Earl Powell
Zachary Earl Powell

Zachary Earl Powell, 31, was arrested by Anderson police officers.

He is charged with murder. The warrant says he shot the victim in the head with a handgun.

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According to the coroner’s office, the victim was driving a pickup truck and two other people were inside when the shooting happened at Level Land Road and Wright School Road in Anderson around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

The coroner identified the victim as Crystal Marie Kuykendall, 39, of Pelzer.

The coroner says Kuykendall was left in the ditch and the suspect stole her truck, later leaving it at Scott Road and Due West Highway.

Another woman was in the truck and was able to escape, according to the sheriff.

The Anderson County sheriff says after Powell dumped the victim’s truck, he stole another car.

A witness told investigators that Kuykendall had been involved in a domestic dispute with an individual in the truck on Wednesday and it escalated to the shooting.

An autopsy is planned for Friday.

Powell had a bond hearing on Monday and received no bond.

He must serve at least 30 years for his murder charge, according to our crew who was at the bond hearing.

Powell was also charged with 2 violations of probation.

His next court date will be June 16th.

rachelle spence
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies have found the truck abandoned Thursday morning.

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