Venomous snakes interfering with murder investigation


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Deputies investigating a murder Thursday in Chesterfield County say they're now facing an unexpected holdup.

According to Chesterfield CountySheriff Jay Brooks, investigators can't go inside the home on Sam Jones Road in the Chesterfield community until all of the venomous snakes inside are removed.

Brooks said the man who was killed collected venomous snakes, and several of them are still inside the home.

Brooks said investigators are waiting on a snake milker from Charlotte to come and remove the snakes.

A snake milker's job is to handle and extract the venom from snakes.

Brooks said once the snakes are removed from the home, deputies will go inside and gather additional evidence.

He said they got a call earlier Thursday afternoon about a man's body found in the yard.

Neighbors say they heard gunshots Wednesday night and some think the man may have been shot to death that night, according to Brooks.

The man's name isn't being released at this time.

Anyone with information related to the murder investigation is being asked to call the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office at 843-623-2101.

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