Three women have been arrested and charged in the killing of an Orangeburg County fire chief.
The State Law Enforcement Division said Branchville fire chief Alan Oakley, 48, was fatally stabbed in the neck Saturday. On Tuesday, the agency has charged Oakley’s wife Melody Oakley, 40, Ann Anderson, 47, and Carrie Brown, 25, each with murder and conspiracy. Both of the Oakleys were from Branchville, while Anderson and Brown lived in Orangeburg.
SLED agents released few details about the killing, but warrants stated that all three women planned the murder in advance. SLED became involved in the investigation at the request of the Branchville Police Department.
No motive was given for the killing.
Along with his job as fire chief, Oakley was also president of the Orangeburg County Firefighters’ Association and was employed by the Orangeburg County fire district as an vehicle maintenance specialist II. Oakley was retired from the Army National Guard.
According to Ott Funeral Home, services will be conducted at the Branchville High School gymnasium 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Branchville High School Gymnasium. His burial will be in Ott Cemetery in Branchville. Firefighters say he will be buried with full military honors.