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BREAKING: Greene Co. teens linked to murder probe extradited to Tri-Cities

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The four teenagers connected to a murder investigation in Greene County, Tennessee arrived at juvenile detention center in Johnson City Tuesday.

About 9:30 p.m., a Greene County Sheriff's Department van and several unmarked cars arrived at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center where they will housed until an expected detention hearing in Greeneville Friday.

One of the teens, Zachary Blanchard, is charged with first degree murder in the death of his father.

Daniel Birchfield Jr., Liam Lawlor, and Shelby Riley are all charged with one count of accessory after the fact to first degree murder and one count of theft (through criminal responsibility) over $1,000 and less than $10,000.

"We had enough vehicles tonight to get us up here. We didn't know what to expect up here. You never know, there could be someone out there that would wish harm to some of these people and my job is to get them here safely and that's what we've done," said Greene County Sheriff, Steve Burns.

The teens extradition from a juvenile facility in Columbia, SC came five days after they were arrested after a manhunt that ended in Newberry County, SC.


Sheriff burns said the teens will remain at the juvenile detention center until a detention hearing in Greeneville on Friday.
It is still unknown if the district attorney general will seek to transfer any or all of these suspects out of juvenile court into adult court.

Below are previous reports.


Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns says his department has filed charges against the four teenagers involved in a murder investigation relating to the shooting death of Robert Blanchard. 

According to Sheriff Burns, Zachary Blanchard has been charged with one count of first degree murder. 

Daniel Birchfield Jr., Liam Lawlor, and Shelby Riley all face the exact same charges. 

The Greene County Sheriff's Department charged them each with one count of accessory after the fact to first degree murder and one count of theft (through criminal responsibility) over $1,000 and less than $10,000. 



Below are the previous charges placed against the teens in Newberry County, SC. 

The first charges have been filed against four teenagers who allegedly led law enforcement agencies from two states on a manhunt Thursday following the death of a Greene County man.

The teens are facing multiple charges out of Newberry County, South Carolina, where they were arrested Thursday afternoon.
The Greene County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office is drafting charges of its own against the teens, related to Wednesday night's shooting.

Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said as far as he knows, the victim and his son were the only two who lived at the house on Snapps Ferry Road where the shooting took place.

Burns told News Channel 11 law enforcement had only been called to the house one other time, in 2011 when the victim, Robert Blanchard, was involved in a dispute with someone other than his son.

Friends of the Blanchards say the two had a strained relationship. Richard Durand and his son Jeremy went to church with the Blanchards.

"There was just this tension between him and Zach that seemed to always be there," Richard said about Robert Blanchard.

Jeremy said Zach mostly kept to himself, "I'd say he was probably troubled at many times. Sometimes he wouldn't share with me. Sometimes he was afraid of stating stuff."

Now Zach and three other teens are facing multiple charges in two states.

Captain Robert Dennis with the Newberry County Sheriff's Office said they have charged the teens with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen guns, failing to stop for police, and resisting arrest.

They will also be classified as Fugitives from Justice when Greene County files its charges against them.

The four are behind bars at a juvenile detention center in Columbia, South Carolina. They'll appear in family court on Monday afternoon for a detention hearing. Their extradition hearing may also be held on the same day.

Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns told News Channel 11 investigators are drafting charges related to the shooting, and they should be ready by Monday.

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