Contractor charged with Simpsonville double murder

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Arrest warrants reveal that Jerry Yancy, 57, entered the home of Ansel and Alice Bouchillon on the night of June 15 armed with a handgun. Deputies say he shot them both multiple times.

“We know he was a contractor who made a deal with them and did some work,” Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said. “He felt like they owed him money. The Buichillons felt he owed them some repair work to complete the job. This led to something of a confrontation in their house, at which point we think he put them both down.

Yancy was not a licensed contractor in South Carolina.

Sheriff Lewis told 7NEWS that Yancy may have been drinking before the shooting.

“He called the sheriff’s office before the murders,” Lewis said. “It was obvious he was drunk.”

The investigation led deputies to WoodSpring Suites on Monday. Deputies located Yancy in a hotel room.

“The deputies knocked on the door when they heard a shot, which changed things dramatically,” Lewis explained. “Everyone took a cover position, eventually entering the room. We found the suspect inside deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Yancy had been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime and one count of burglary.

Neighbors told 7NEWS on Tuesday they were relieved to hear the suspect was no longer on the street. Friends and loved ones were devastated by the Bouchillons’ deaths.

“I wish people remembered Alice as someone who truly cared about others,” Charlie Brainard said.

Brainard had known Alice Bouchillon for over a decade. He said she came to his workplace the day she was killed.

“She was normal, happy and fun-loving herself,” Brainard explained. “I was really shocked the next day when I found out what had happened.”

Brainard said Alice always had a smile on her face.

“Honestly, the world needs a lot more people like Alice — people who care about others like she did,” Brainard said.

Sheriff Hobart said his team is speaking with Yancy’s girlfriend to learn more about a possible motive.

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