Arrest made in Lower Chanceford Twp. homicide
A man accused of killing a Lancaster County man in southeastern York County tried passing the gun off to another person because he had used it for the slaying, according to police.
After speaking to multiple associates of the man, state police were able to identify Lleland Grant Wade, 32, formerly of Mississippi, as the suspect in the killing of Aaron Wollman, 25, officials said.
Wollman, of Hickory Road in Denver, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds Monday, April 16.
Police tracked Wade, of no fixed address, to a Days Inn in Lancaster County on Tuesday, April 17, court documents state. He is charged with first-degree murder.
Shot: Wollman's body was found about 7 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Bare Road and Furnace Road (Route 425) in Lower Chanceford Township, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Someone reported seeing a man in cardiac arrest along the road; a responding ambulance crew found Wollman dead with apparent gunshot wounds, the coroner's office said.
Police said he was shot seven times, four times in the back and three times in the head.
Officials looked through Wollman's cellphone and saw that he had text messages about a possible drug transaction to a number connected to "Leland," who was later identified as Wade, court documents state.
A final text message to Wade from Wollman was sent at 3:15 a.m. Monday, about 15 minutes before a neighbor heard multiple gunshots in the area where Wollman's body was found, court documents state.
Wade was identified as an associate of Wollman's after police reviewed surveillance footage of the two in a Cumberland County firearms store on March 3, police said. Wollman tried to purchase a firearm but was denied, court documents state.
Investigation: Police spoke to multiple witnesses who know Wade, officials said. They also identified Wollman as an associate of Wade's, officials said.
One witness told police that Wade picked him up about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in a silver Dodge Caliber, and he tried to give that man a black handgun, documents state.
Police say the man didn't want it and asked why Wade wanted to get rid of it, to which Wade said he had killed "Aaron" with it.
Another witness called Wade while she was with police, and he told that witness that he had driven Wollman from Lancaster County to the Wrightsville area during the late night hours of Sunday, April 15.
Police say a third witness said Wollman had stolen money from Wade in the days leading up to the homicide. That same witness told police that she purchased a 9 mm handgun for Wade in early March, court documents state.
A fourth witness told police that Wade had picked her up at a Sheetz in Ephrata at 6 p.m. Monday, and he took her to an unknown area where he picked up multiple handguns, police said.
He took her and the guns back to a Days Inn in Ephrata, where he began loading the guns with ammo while wearing gloves, charging documents state. The witness left and then returned about 7 p.m. the next day, but no one answered the door when she knocked, according to officials.
She could hear water running, footsteps and Facebook notifications going off on a phone inside the room, though, documents state.
Arrest: State police obtained an arrest warrant for Wade on Tuesday and tracked him to the hotel room at the Days Inn on Eastbrook Road in East Lampeter Township, police said.
Police evacuated the hotel and established a perimeter, and a SWAT-type state police team responded to the scene. Officials found him alone in a hotel room, and he was taken into custody, according to police.
Wade was interviewed at the Lancaster barracks, then taken to York County, where he was charged with homicide, officials said.
He was sent to York County Prison without bail. He does not have an attorney listed.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-428-1011.
A news conference on the homicide is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19.
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