A former Mount Holly resident shot and killed Saturday in a North Myrtle Beach parking lot was a key witness for the state in April in a 2012 Mecklenburg County killing.
Amanda Renee Fisher, 29, was shot around 11 a.m. Saturday outside North Myrtle Beach K&W Cafeteria.
In April, Fisher had begrudgingly testified in a murder trial. The defendant, and Fisher’s boyfriend, Deonte Lanier, was on trial for first degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Johnny Peay.
Fisher told the jury she didn’t want to be in the witness chair. She had abruptly moved to Myrtle Beach after being subpoenaed to testify against her boyfriend. The trial judge arrested and jailed Fisher to ensure she showed up in court.
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Lanier, 25, faced mandatory life imprisonment without parole. But the three-week trial ended in a hung jury.
In the trial, prosecutors said they had recordings of calls in which Fisher promised she would never testify against Lanier.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, some of Fisher’s testimony during the trial contradicted the account she had given police in a phone conversation immediately following the killing. On the phone, she incriminated Lanier in Peay’s murder. On the stand she said she did not remember making the call or giving those details.
Now, North Myrtle Beach police are searching for two men in connection with Fisher’s murder, according to City of North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.
Dowling said witnesses outside the cafeteria on Saturday reported hearing a gunshot then seeing a man pull a body from a white vehicle before he and another person fled in the vehicle, the paper reported.
The two men being sought “were in the company of the victim on the evening prior to and the morning of her death,” Dowling said.
He said police are investigating “several scenarios” in an attempt to solve the killing, the paper reported.
Anyone with information on the men in the photos or on Fisher’s killing may contact the North Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-280-5511.
The Myrtle Beach Sun News contributed