S.C. woman who wondered how family’s killer could ‘live with yourself’ is arrested in 2015 quadruple homicide

A South Carolina lady, who’d given emotional interviews about stumbling into the ugly homicide scene of 4 family members, was arrested and ordered held with out bail this weekend in reference to that 2015 quadruple slaying, officers mentioned.

Amy Vilardi and her husband, Rosmore “Ross” Vilardi, are each accused of killing Cathy Scott, 60; Mike Scott, 59; Barbara Scott, 80; and Violet Taylor, 82, on Halloween evening of 2015 within the victims’ Refuge Street dwelling in Pendleton, authorities mentioned. Every sufferer had no less than one gunshot wound, officers mentioned on the time.

Cathy Scott was Amy Vilardi’s mom, and Violet Taylor was her grandmother. Mike Scott was the husband of Cathy Scott and son of Barbara Scott. Amy Vilardi referred to as 911 on Nov. 2 after discovering the ugly crime scene, authorities mentioned.

Simply days after the murders, she instructed NBC affiliate WYFF of Greenville, South Carolina, that she had problem shaking the reminiscence of discovering the our bodies.

“Once I went to knock on the again door, the door simply pushed open so I walked in and it was darkish and I simply flipped the sunshine on and there they had been. They had been simply, they had been there,” Vilardi mentioned.

She added: “I don’t perceive why any of it has occurred and I simply maintain pondering it’s a dream I’m going to get up from. Whoever did this, I don’t see how one can reside with your self.”

Now, Vilardi and her husband are each charged with 4 counts of homicide. They had been arrested Friday at their Columbia dwelling, and a decide ordered them held with out bail on Saturday.

“It is a case that rocked our county extraordinarily arduous,” Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride instructed reporters on Friday. “We have tried to maintain it on the forefront of the media and the general public’s consciousness and data.”

The suspects weren’t represented by attorneys throughout Saturday’s courtroom look, and it wasn’t clear if they’d employed or been assigned protection attorneys by Monday, a sheriff’s division spokesperson mentioned.

McBride thanked the victims’ loves ones for his or her endurance through the years as his detectives labored the chilly case.

“God bless this household. They’ve been by way of a lot they usually have waited a very long time and we’re simply so happy they do not have to attend anymore,” he mentioned. “I can not wait to see justice served.”

The sheriff declined to disclose any particulars of how detectives linked Amy and Ross Vilardi to the slayings.

“Some issues need to be preserved for our day in courtroom,” he mentioned. “Something I say, so far as particulars, the opposite aspect can use in opposition to us.”

The couple had been on the detectives’ radar for years.

In 2018, the now-suspects had gone to courtroom asking that automobiles, digital units, firearms and money that had been seized from them be returned.

“We’ve some points there with whether or not or not some proof might have been moved earlier than the sheriff’s workplace even acquired concerned,” Anderson County Lawyer Leon Harmon instructed a courtroom in 2018. “That is why we really feel like we have to management the proof till we get to the top of our investigation.”

The couple has lengthy denied having any function within the slayings.

This text was initially revealed on NBCNews.com

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