Branchville Fire Chief dead in domestic violence gang assassination committed by women
|The murderesses. Oakley and Anderson allegedly had a lesbian relationship.|
BRANCHVILLE — Three violent women — including the widow of Branchville’s Fire Department Chief — were arrested and charged with the gang assassination of the man on December 28, 2013.
Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle says 48-year-old Alan Richard Oakley died Saturday from a stab wound to the neck at his residence. The three women planned and carried out the murder of Mr. Oakley by stabbing him in the neck resulting in his death.
Mr. Oakley was the Fire Chief for Branchville, including the town limits. He was the prominent face of the town after the daylong March 15, 2008 destructive tornado outbreak that destroyed the town’s main government building — its town hall.
The judge, Orangeburg County Magistrate Rob Clariday, denied bond for all three murderesses on the conspiracy charge on Tuesday morning, realizing that they are all a flight risk and that the women are a danger to the community. Judge Clariday can not legally hold a bond hearing on the murder charges against Ann Anderson, 47, Carrie Ashley Brown, 25 and the black widow, Melody Oakley, 40.
That hearing will have to be held in a circuit court in Columbia. That could happen as early as today, and some outraged Branchville residents plan to make the trip to ensure that the three murderesses get denied bond on the malice murder charges.
One of the commenters on the Times and Democrat article say that two of the prime murderesses, Melody Oakley and Ms. Anderson, were in a lesbian relationship and that Mr. Oakley found out about the affair.
Branchville firefighters say Mr. Oakley will be given military honors at his funeral. He retired from the National Guard.
Visiting hours are Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Branchville High School, located on DORANGE RD. Mr. Oakley’s homegoing service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same location.
Each murderess faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, and up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the conspiracy charge. The circuit solicitor could change his mind and go for the death penalty against all three murderesses at their court hearing on February 18.
In the meantime, the Town of Branchville is a lot safer without these violent women on the streets.