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Director of Public Safety department says doctor’s wife death is suspicious

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) Byron Snellgrove, the director of Cayce’s Department of Public Safety, said Friday that the death of the wife of Dr. Adam Marcus Lazzarini, the doctor charged this week with Involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice in an earlier death, is being considered suspicious by his department. Earlier this week, Vanessa Brooke Biery, 43, was found dead in her home of unknown circumstances. Biery’s death was reported by Lazzarini who is said to be her husband.

Chief Snellgrove said that his department called in SLED for assistance when Biery died because they had originally been involved in October of 2017 when Lazzarini shot and killed William Player Holland at the home of Lazzarini and Biery in the Hunters Mill subdivision in Cayce. Holland, a medical sales representative, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest believed to have been fired by Lazzarini. At the time, it was reported that the shooting of Holland was accidental; however, Chief Snellgrove said that new information came to light this week after Lazzarini’s wife death that led them to charge the doctor in Holland’s death

Early Friday morning, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released a statement that said that an autopsy was conducted on May 3, 2018 at MUSC in Charleston, and that the results of that autopsy are pending. Snellgrove said during his news conference at the DPS complex in Cayce that Biery’s body was sent to Charleston, not Newberry, which is where bodies from Lexington County usually are taken for autopsies, because there were no slots in Newberry available for that procedure when the investigators needed it to be done.

Chief Snellgrove said that this investigation is still very fluid, and more information is coming in regularly. His department is working closely with SLED, the FBI, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office, and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department with their investigation and he said that it is very much active at this point. He also said that he believes that there is someone out there who has information that would be helpful to the investigation and he would hope that once they saw how this was all unfolding, they would come forward. He asked anyone with additional information regarding the case to call the Cayce Department of Public Safety at (803) 794-0456 or Midland’s Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC.

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