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One dead after Easley shooting

Woman fatally shot early Saturday morning

Man charged

By Riley Morningstar

The Journal

EASLEY — A man has been arrested for murder after he shot a woman in the head, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said Jonathan Richard Rackley, 38, of Easley, has been charged with murder and the possession of a weapon during a violent crime after he allegedly killed Jamie Lynn Scruggs, 37.

On Saturday, Hashe issued a news release saying police responded to the call at approximately 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Ruby Drive in Easley. He said Scruggs was not living at the location and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“Detectives have continued to investigate the incident throughout the day and have determined the victim was shot while inside the small building typically used for storage and as a meeting place for friends of the residents,” Hashe said on Saturday.

A 9 mm handgun was recovered from the scene and is believed to be the weapon used by Rackley, Hashe said.

Rackley was arrested on Saturday on unrelated drug charges at the time.

Rackley was charged with two counts of the distribution of methamphetamine after warrants allege he sold meth to undercover operatives twice in April.

He is being held without bond, according to Hashe.

Rackley.

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