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Bond denied for Lancaster Co. teen accused of murdering ex-girlfriend

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LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

WBTV has new details about what happened just days before a Lancaster County teenager allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend in December.

The accused, Tanner Crolley, faced a judge to find out if he would be released on bond, Tuesday.

Family and friends of the late 18-year-old Sierra Landry made it clear what they wanted to see, Tuesday morning, her accused murderer remain behind bars until his trial date.

"When she died on the 30th, when he took her life, it not only killed her. It killed a piece of everybody in the family," said the victim's father, Robert Landry.

In December, police say 18-year-old Tanner Crolley shot Landry in the face after an argument.

State prosecutors claim Crolley clearly thought about his actions, telling police after his arrest, "If I can't have her, no one can".

Crolley also left a chilling post on his Facebook account just days before the murder that read in part: "I lost the most important thing in my life. The best thing to ever happen to me is gone and now the worst is about to happen."

"My seven-year-old was very close to Sierra and she still struggles. She has one of her jackets and she'll smell it, just to smell her," said the victim's friend, Laura Anderson.

Judge Robin Stilwell denied bond for Crolley, Tuesday.

Supporters of Landry let out a cheer and say they can now rest easier.

"As her parents, now we can sleep at night and not have to worry about him running the street and getting away and be able to face justice for what he committed," said Landry.

The victim's parents plan to take it a step further by trying to get state lawmakers to pass a bill called "Sierra's Law".

In their proposal, orders of protection would be available to minors, 16 years of age and older, without parental or guardian consent.

The petition already has more than 240,000 signatures.

Family and friends of Crolley were also in the courtroom, Tuesday.

WBTV asked them for a comment on the judge's decision, they said they didn't have one.

To sign the petition for create "Sierra's Law", click here.

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