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05/20/05

Second Man Wanted in Rogers Street Homicide Turns Self In

Police used a helicopter in the search. Police used a helicopter in the search.

Police now say the killing of a Savannah man early yesterday was the result of an armed robbery attempt. A resident of a house on Rogers Street tells detectives Ervin Law, 42, knocked on the back door of the home he was staying at and she let him in, just before 1am yesterday morning.

As she was closing the door, a man forced his way inside to rob the family. Witnesses say that's when Law grabbed the gun and began fighting with the man who then shot Law three times.

By the time police and medical crews arrived, Law was dead on the living room floor. Detectives arrested 23-year-old Ronnie Valentine at his South Street residence about 11am yesterday morning.

They also spotted another man wanted for questioning in the murder. He ran from them near Hunter Army Airfield and a search began around 2:30pm.

"It was by chance that we happened, that we came across him in that area walking down the street," said SCMPD spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson. "He just happened to see us and we spotted each other at the same time and he took flight."

Police searched for a couple hours with a K-9 and a helicopter, but the man eluded them.

Then about 6pm, Willie Liddell, 21, turned himself in.

Law's friends say they believe Law saved their lives trying to wrestle the gun away from Liddell and Valentine.

Reported by: WTOC staff

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