Woman killed with baseball bat at home in Inman, suspect arrested


3 TONIGHT A FAMILY IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF A MOTHER, SISTER AND WELL KNOWN COMMUNITY MEMBER. SPARTANBURG COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY 55 YEAR OLD “BRENDA TANNER” WAS MURDERED IN HER INMAN HOME THIS MORNING….AND NOW THE MAN WHO ADMITTED TO KILLING HER IS GOING BEFORE A JUDGE. 7 NEWS REPORTER “NICOLE FORD” IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE SPARTANBURG COUNTY DETENTION WITH DETAILS ON THE INVESTIGATION. 3 THE SHERIFF THE SHERIFF TELLS ME THAT MAN 63 YEAR OLD “WILLIAM SMITH” WAS TANNER’S BOYFRIEND AND CALLED 9-1-1 ON HIMSELF AFTER HE SAYS HE KILLED HER INSIDE HER INMAN HOME. HE LATER CONFESSED TO INVESTIGATORS THAT HE HIT HER MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE HEAD WITH A BASEBALL BAT AND WRAPPED A POWER CORD AROUND HER NECK. 3 HERE’S A LOOK AT SMITH’S MUGSHOT AS HE’S NOW FACING A JUDGE AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH MURDER AND POSSESSION OF A WEAPON DURING THE COMMISSION OF A VIOLENT CRIME. 3 NOW THIS ALL STARTED AROUND EIGHT THIS MORNING ON WATERS ROAD WHERE DEUPTIES SAY THEY FOUND TANNER DEAD INSIDE HER BEDROOM. DURING CALL ON HIMSELF …HE STATED THAT HE WOULD TURN HIMSELF IN TO DEPUTIES AFTER HE SMOKED SOME CRACK. NOT LONG LATER… HIS BROTHER CALLED INVESTIGATORS TO TRY TO HELP BY GIVING INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT SMITH WAS DRIVING…BUT EVENTUALLY UP AT THE DETENTION CENTER TO TURN HIMSELF IN FOR THE MURDER. 3 Chuck Wright: “this neighborhood its a good neighborhood its good people they’ve all been out this morning talking aabout pryaing for the family which I encourage you to do its just a crazy thing.” 3 I DID SPEAK TO A NUMBER OF TANNER’S FAMILY MEMBERS THIS AFTERNOON WHO ARE STILL IN SHOCK OVER THE WHOLE SITUATION.THEY SAY SHE WAS A WONDERFUL MOTHER TO HER FIVE CHILDREN AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY EVERYONE SHE KNEW. AS FOR WHY THIS HAPPENED….DEPUTIES ARE STILL INVESTIGATING. LIVE IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY NICOLE FORD 7 NEWS. 3 WE DO HAVE A CREW INSIDE THE BOND COURT AND WILL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE HEARING ON AIR AND ONLINE TONIGHT.

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