Teen charged in Greene County murder walks away from Nashville group home

Image of Liam Lawlor and aerial photo of his arrest in South Carolina.

GREENEVILLE (WJHL) – One of the Greene County teens charged for his role in the 2014 murder of Robert Blanchard and prompting a multi-state manhunt, has reportedly walked away from his group home in Middle Tennessee.

Greeneville Police Capt. Tim Davis confirmed Liam Lawlor, 16, walked away from the home located in the Nashville area.

He said Thursday afternoon that they were unaware of Lawlor’s current location and did not know at what time or day the teen walked away.

Davis said as a precautionary measure and because of his connection to the school system, Greeneville City Schools was placed on modified lockdown.

According to Davis, there were no confirmed threats to the school system.

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Greeneville City Schools Director Dr. Jeff Moorhouse said the school system was notified around 11 a.m. about Lawlor’s disappearance and said they placed the system on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

“We’re basing our decisions off the information they (Greeneville Police Department) can provide us,” Moorhouse said.

Moorhouse said the school system has not received any specific threat or any information on Lawlor’s whereabouts, but said they thought it was a good decision based on Lawlor’s connections to the area.

According to Moorhouse, a modified lockdown means things operate as normal within the school, but said entering the school is more restrictive.

Robert Blanchard, 36, was found dead in his home in April 2014 from a gunshot wound and that same day Lawlor, along with Daniel Birchfield-Richards, Zachary Blanchard and Shelby Riley, sparked a manhunt that ended in Newberry County, S.C., where the teens were arrested.

Blanchard will be tried as an adult in the death of his fathre, but his trial has not yet taken place.

Birchfield-Richards was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the state dropped the charge as part of a plea agreement that said the teen could remain in the custody of a juvenile facility until he turns 19 years old.

He also previously pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and theft over $1,000.

Lawlor and Riley were sentenced earlier in juvenile court on charges of accessory after the fact and theft.

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