Almost six months after an early morning shooting left two men dead in a Cherryvale home, law enforcement has made an arrest in the case.
Arsenio Donta Colclough, 26, of 355 Praire Circle, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Colclough is accused of killing cousins Reyshaun Sherrod Holmes, 24, and Willie Jermaine Chatman, 35, inside the home the two shared at 4303 Confederate Road.
Deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office responded to the home about 2 a.m. April 12 and found both men dead on the floor, having been shot several times. There were reportedly signs of a struggle inside the home, and marijuana and pills were found "scattered" around the bodies.
Sheriff Anthony Dennis said Colclough, a known acquaintance of Chatman and Holmes, was a person of interest from early in the investigation, but investigators have only recently gathered enough evidence to bring charges against him.
"Without giving away too much, we were able to get some new information that led to an arrest," Dennis said, adding the investigation into the killings is still ongoing.
"We don't rule out the possibility of other arrests being made," Dennis said.
Investigators think the killings were drug related because of the presence of drugs inside the house, which at the time of the shooting had no electricity and sat in an area with several abandoned homes. Dennis thinks the crime may have been a robbery gone wrong.
"It's not uncommon to see robberies in places where drugs are distributed, but killing them is," he said.
Law enforcement was initially called to the scene when a 23-year-old man, who was also inside the home, fled the scene after he said he heard a loud disturbance and gunshots in the living room and called Holmes' mother. She flagged down officers outside the home and told them she thought her son and nephew were dead.
The sheriff said investigators had recently identified a "corroborating witness" who lead them to bring the charges against Colclough and said he hopes others will now come forward to shed more light on the incident.
"I commend our investigators on their diligence in this case," he said, "but we're still investigating, so people should contact us" if they have more information on Chatman and Holmes's deaths.
Dennis said he spoke to the victim's mother earlier Tuesday to inform her of Colclough's arrest for the death of her son.
"Of course, it can't replace their loved ones, but it gives the family some closure in the case," Dennis said.
Anyone with information about the killing of Reyshaun Holmes and Willie Chatman is asked to contact the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at (803) 436-2000.