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Police charge two men in 'cold blooded' murder of Marion Co. man

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Source: WMBF News Reporter Brandon Herring Source: WMBF News Reporter Brandon Herring
Marco Sanders (Source: MCSO) Marco Sanders (Source: MCSO)
Tyrell Woods (Source: MCSO) Tyrell Woods (Source: MCSO)

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Marion County Sheriff's Office has released the charges of the two suspects who were arrested in the "cold blooded assassination" of a 71-year-old Marion County man.

Sheriff Mark Richardson states that one suspect, 19-year-old Tyrell Woods of Marion, turned himself in to deputies in Marion County Thursday morning.

The second suspect, 32-year-old Marco Sanders of Marion, was apprehended by US Marshals in Bronx, NY on Monday. 

Sheriff Richardson would like to thank the US Marshall Service for their help in apprehending the two subjects.

According to MCSO, Sanders and Woods were charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, burglary 1st and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime Thursday afternoon.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson tells WMBF News that the shooting victim was Samuel Rowell of the Friendship community in Marion County. Rowell's body has been sent to Charleston for an autopsy, Richardson said.

"These men are dangerous individuals, and they are believed to be armed," said Marion County Sheriff Mark Richardson last week, when his office first released the names of the men wanted in connection with Rowell's death. "It's one of the cold bloodiest murders I've seen in my 24 year career."

Richardson said deputies arrived at a home on Phil Court around 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July to investigate a possible home invasion. They found the body of Mr. Rowell with his ankles duct taped together and his hands taped behind his back. Richardson also said there were multiple shell casings on the floor.

"I don't know what happened here, whether it was just robbery or vendetta or whatever," said Rowell's cousin Raymond Rowell Thursday morning. "We were first cousins, but he was more like a brother to me."

Richardson said the victim was 71 years old. His cousin Raymond said he was in good health, and he enjoyed looking after the property surrounding his home and the animals there.

"I just hope I could have been somewhere around when this was happening, so I couldn't have been some help to him like he's been to me," he laments.

Raymond said the victim leaves behind a large family, including siblings in Marion County, and his wife and children who now live in New Jersey.

"He was there for me, and he was there for a lot of other folks," Raymond Rowell said.

Raymond heard his cousin had been at an Independence Day cook-out before he returned home Wednesday.

Raymond Rowell said he hopes surveillance cameras around the home may help in the investigation.

"I'm hoping the police will... I'm hoping whoever done this will be apprehended," he said. "If anybody knows anything, I'm hoping they'll come forward."

Police have not released any bond information at this time.

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