Two arrested, charged with Boggan murder

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 14, 2004

After almost a month of investigation the Greenville Police Department has arrested two local men in connection with the murder of Brandon Boggan, 22.

Boggan was gunned down in the breezeway of his girlfriend's Perdue Village apartment on June 23 in what investigators are calling a robbery gone bad.

On Sunday, accompanied by his mother, Corey Bradley, 18, turned himself in to Greenville police at around 8:30 p.m. and confessed to the crime.

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"We've got (Bradley) in jail under arrest and we've charged him with murder," said Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram. "We've got a pretty lengthy confession and according to him he was at the scene where he and (Lewis) were going to rob Boggan. Apparently the victim resisted and there was a struggle and a shot was fired."

Following Bradley's arrest, authorities focused on apprehending another suspect which culminated with the arrest of Richard Lewis, 19. Both Bradley and Lewis have been charged with murder and are being held at the Butler County jail with no bond.

The murder weapon has not yet been recovered.

According to Bradley's confession only he and Lewis were involved in the crime.

Ingram said a lot of work had gone into solving the murder, the first in Greenville this year, and that intense scrutiny by investigators and a guilty conscience led to a break in the case.

"We've been on them hot and heavy this past week and shaking the bushes," he said. "Sometime (Sunday) this young man and his mother came down and he got it off his chest."

Ingram said the arrests were part of an all-around team effort.

"Capt. Wink Fussell and Lt. Randy Courtney worked this case extremely hard," said Ingram. "They had help from other departments and it was just a good departmental effort."

Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram was very appreciative for all the help leading to the arrests.

"We got a lot of leads from the community," Ingram said. "We really appreciate all the hard work that went into this. Our detectives did a great job and we also appreciate the assistance of the District Attorney's office during the investigation."

District Attorney John Andrew's said his office is always happy to help.

"That's what law enforcement is all about," Andrews said. "Most of the credit goes to Wink and the detectives. We were just glad to help. The GPD did all the legwork. I hope that this will bring some closure to the family."

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said he hoped the arrests would send a message that this behavior would not be tolerated in Greenville.

"We are not going to allow things like this," he said. "We are going to do whatever it takes to find out who does these things and stop them."

Ingram said the initial confession was instrumental in the case and the city of Greenville had offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the murder, but Ingram thinks the reward didn't play a part in apprehending the suspects.

"I don't think the reward had any bearing on us making the arrests," he said. "For whatever reason (Bradley) decided to come down, clear it up and get it off his chest and that led to Lewis being arrested."

Ingram said he and his investigators are continuing to work the case to insure convictions are obtained in Boggan's murder.