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4 teens tied to Greene Co. murder ordered detained

April 11th, 2014 5:31 pm by staff and wire reports

4 teens tied to Greene Co. murder ordered detained

GREENEVILLE — Four teenagers who were extradited to Greene County, Tenn., after leading South Carolina police on a day-long chase last week have been ordered detained.

Robert J. Blanchard, 36, was found dead around 11 p.m. April 2 at his 3905 Snapps Ferry Road home.

Blanchard’s son, Zachary Blanchard, 16, and the three others reportedly fled Greene County in a stolen van bound for Myrtle Beach, S.C. They were arrested Thursday afternoon in Newberry County, S.C., about 40 miles from Columbia, S.C.

A Greene County Juvenile Court judge on Friday ordered that the four remain in custody for the time being. Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said they are being held at a youth facility in Johnson City.

Those charged, and their charges, include:

  • Zachary Thomas Blanchard, one count of first-degree murder.
  • Daniel Allen Richards Birchfield Jr., one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and one count of theft (through criminal responsibility) over $1,000 and less than $10,000.
  • Liam Michael Lawlor, one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and one count of theft (through criminal responsibility) over $1,000 and less than $10,000.
  • Shelby Lynn Riley, one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and one count of theft (through criminal responsibility) over $1,000 and less than $10,000.

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