Two arrests were made for a double murder in a drug deal that turned deadly in Newberry last week. Over the weekend, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men, each being charged with two counts of Murder and Armed Robbery. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that these two men were acting in concert with Zachery Travorous Bookman who was arrested Friday morning.
Foster said that their investigation revealed that the three arrestees planned to rob the two victims during a drug deal but something went wrong and the men were shot to death in the parking lot. The three suspects fled the scene. Foster says that regardless of who actually fired the shots, all three men are responsible for the deaths because of their participation prior to, during, and after the killings.
State Law Enforcement Division chief Reggie Lloyd says drug activity like this is the main reason that SC tops the nation in violent crime rates. Lloyd says the drug activity is coming out of Atlanta. “They’re pushing those folks out of that area where increased law enforcement attention has been, and they’re telling them to go to South Carolina, go to North Carolina and go to Tennessee. And if we don’t get in front of that problem, you’re going to quickly have local law enforcement and state law enforcement for that matter, that’s going to be overwhelmed with these types of operations.”
Lloyd met with more than 160 agents and victims advocates in a special training Monday –part of a new comprehensive plan to reduce violent crime in the state.