5 more charged after man found shot to death in friend’s driveway in Lancaster County

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of another man in Lancaster early Sunday morning.

Antonio Mickle, 37, has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Reno Blakely, 42, is facing an accessory before the fact of murder charge.

The shooting happened just after 1 a.m. on Crenson Drive. Deputies said when they got to the area, they found 29-year-old Ethan Dailey lying in the driveway of a friend’s home, shot several times.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, deputies learned Dailey had been staying at the house while he was in town. On the night of the shooting, he went to a birthday party and got into a fight with Mickle.

Witnesses told deputies Dailey left the party after the fight and returned home. Shortly after, witnesses reported hearing gunshots and saw Mickle get into a car, armed with a gun. That’s when they found Dailey in the driveway.

Later Sunday morning, deputies found Mickle’s car behind the house of one of his relatives. After a search of the home, both Mickle and Blakely were detained and later charged in the case.

Blakely was charged with accessory before the fact because deputies said he drove Mickle to search for Dailey after the fight and he drove the two away from the scene to the house where they were found.

Authorities believe the shooting was in retaliation for the fight at the birthday party.

Five more people were charged later in connection with the crime.

Keisha McDow, 35, lives where the party was held. She was arrested on Aug. 12 and charged with misprision of a felony.

Shirley Ann Mickle, 65, and Angie Denise Mickle, 45, both of Sawgrass Lane, were arrested on Aug. 14 and charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.

 Kendarius Tyrek Mickle, 20, and Damarkus Tyrone Nivens, 23, both of Sawgrass Lane in Lancaster, were each charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. They were arrested on Aug. 14. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Mr. Dailey’s family,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said. “This shooting should not have occurred. Mickle or someone else at the party should have called us to investigate the fight so that we could take appropriate action. Instead, Mickle took matters into his own hands, and now a man is dead and Mickle and Blakely are in jail. The quick arrests in this case are the direct result of citizen cooperation with the police. We appreciate assistance like this which make our communities safer.”