Bond denied for Lancaster teen charged in ex-girlfriend’s killing

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Tanner Crolley

— Bond was denied again Tuesday morning for Tanner Crolley, 18, who’s facing murder and weapons charges in the Lancaster County death of his ex-girlfriend, Sierra Landry, 18, who was found dead in a yard with a gunshot wound to the head on Dec. 30, 2013.

“We’re not anywhere near any resolution to this case,” said Mike Lifsey, Crolley’s public defender.

Meanwhile, Landry’s family members and other supporters stood Tuesday outside the court in Lancaster with signs saying “No bond! No chance to run!” and “Thou shalt not kill.”

“We’re just trying to stir the pot,” said Sierra’s father, Robert Landry. “We’re doing this to be heard and not be shoved under the rug.”

Landry and his wife have turned to social media to fight against teen dating violence. A memorial group on Facebook has more than 500 members and the Landry family is working to raise awareness through an online petition on Change.org.

The petition is called “Pass ‘Sierra’s Law’ to End Teen Dating Violence in South Carolina,” and calls on the state Legislature to create a law allowing people under the age of 18 to get Orders of Protection from abusive partners. More than 242,000 people across the country had signed it by Tuesday afternoon.

Though they can’t bring back Sierra, Landry and others want justice served for Crolley and want others to be aware of teen dating violence and how to stop it, Landry said. He said he hopes they can save other families from the pain they’ve experienced.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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