Crime

May 10, 2014

Pelion Craigslist murder suspect arrested

A fugitive from South Carolina suspected in a Pelion Craigslist transaction that went bad has been caught in north Alabama, according to Alabama television station WAFF.

A fugitive from South Carolina suspected in a Pelion Craigslist transaction that went bad has been caught in north Alabama, according to Alabama television station WAFF.

Antonio Justin Butler was arrested late Friday afternoon, according to the station.

Butler has been charged with murder, first-degree burglary and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred at a home on Bushberry Road near Pelion, said Maj. John Allard, spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Vonkeith Toland told Lexington County deputies that he had wanted to sell a vehicle, so he placed a notice on Craigslist, a free, national online message board. The 33-year-old Pelion resident was contacted by a possible buyer and arranged to meet April 26 in the town of North, South Carolina. Toland took his younger brother, Tycus Toland, 29, with him to the meeting.

Two men driving a sports utility vehicle followed the Tolands back to the elder Toland’s home at 688 Bushberry Road in Pelion to look at the vehicle.

But, for a reason that the sheriff’s department is still investigating, the encounter turned violent.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, they found Tycus Toland dead in the front yard from a gunshot wound to the upper body and his brother also shot in the upper body.

Toland told deputies he and his brother were shot shortly after the four arrived back at his house.

Cassie Cope

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