Chattooga woman indicted for murdering husband

September 23, 2019–10:45 p.m.


A Chattooga County Grand Jury has indicted fifty-two-year-old Renee Lanhem on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of her husband over two years ago.

Chattooga County Sheriff Schrader said that investigators with his office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had interviewed Ms. Lanham on several occasions since her husband was found dead in their home on Butler Dairy Road.

Lanham is the one who called Chattooga 911 back on September 18, 2017.  When law enforcement arrived, they found her seventy-five-year-old husband, Edward Earl “Eddie” Lanham dead from a gunshot wound.  In the weeks and months that followed, the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate the murder.  Sheriff Schrader says that there were problems with Susan Lanham’s story about the night of her husband’s death.  Ms. Lanham had told investigators that she had been “out” and when she returned home, she found her husband dead.  The GBI and Sheriff Schrader were quick to tell the public that they did not suspect the murder to be a random act and that Mr. Lanham had been targeted in the shooting.

Sheriff Schrader told WZQZ News that he and his investigators believe the motive behind the shooting were “plain and simple greed and selfishness.”

The GBI is still gathering evidence from financial records of Lanhem and her dead husband in connection with the case.

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