Oconee man sentenced to life without parole for murder of brother-in-law

An Oconee County man accused of killing his brother-in-law recently was sentenced to life in prison.

 

Daniel Lamar Anglin, 37, was convicted by a jury in Oconee County Superior Court of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime for the shooting death of 42-year-old Chad Ruark, according to Western Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Brian Patterson.

Superior Court Judge Patrick Haggard last week sentenced Anglin to life without parole plus five years.

Anglin did not want Ruark to tell his sister, Anglin’s wife, that Anglin was addicted to pain pills, according to Patterson.

Anglin shot Ruark twice in the head with a .22-caliber revolver and buried him in a wooded area off Carson Graves Road that Anglin’s wife owned, according to Patterson.

Ruark was reported missing for 15 days until authorities found the shallow grave with the help of a police tracking dog.

Court testimony and evidence showed that Anglin purchased a .22-caliber pistol on the day that Ruark was likely murdered, Patterson said. The purchase was captured on video tape and authorities also discovered that he deposited a large sum cash in a bank the next day. Investigators believe the cash was removed from Ruark’s wallet.

Ruark, the father of two children, was involved in the home building trade in Oconee County and the Athens area.

An investigator with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office found a shovel under Anglin’s home and the testing of soil samples at an FBI laboratory showed the soil on the shovel “was indistinguishable from soil adjacent to the grave site,” according to Patterson.

During the nearly two week investigation, Anglin tried to throw off investigators by buying a pre-paid cell phone and sending a bogus text message claiming to be Chad Ruark and telling one of Ruark’s brothers and the lead investigator that Ruark was going to Florida on a construction job, according to the prosecutor.

Anglin also repeatedly lied to law enforcement about what he knew, Patterson said.

“From the time that Mr. Anglin brutally murdered Chad Ruark, Mr. Anglin has been betting on the fact that he murdered Chad Ruark without any eyewitnesses and that no one would ever find Mr. Ruark’s body,” Patterson said.

The prosecutor described the killing as premediated and “cold and calculated.”

 

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