New Person Named in Bianca Tanner Murder Investigation


by Morgan Fogarty
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new name on new case documents in the Bianca Tanner murder investigation.  Tanner's boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith, Junior, is accused of killing the mom and teacher and dumping her body.  He was indicted by a grand jury on July 7th, and on his arrest warrant made public Monday appeared the name of a man CMPD has classified as a "witness." 

It's unclear what 30-year-old Lawrence Briscoe was witness to: if he actually saw Tanner's death or he saw her body being dumped, or something else.  Chief Rodney Monroe made it clear the morning they found Tanner's remains that it was a witness who led them to the wooded area off Calico Crossing Lane in southwest Charlotte.  It's less than ten minutes from Briscoe's apartment.  
No one answered Briscoe's door Monday.  He didn't return WCCB's call, either.
Cerise Richardson, Tanner's sister, tells WCCB all she knows of Briscoe is that "he's a Kappa also."  Murder suspect Smith is also a Kappa and has been photographed throughout the investigation wearing his Greek letters.  
A friend of Tanner's tells WCCB the men are more than just fraternity brothers.  The friend tells WCCB, "What I know about him is he's Angelo's business partner, a close friend of his."  WCCB found a website for a Charlotte-based food service, paper product and janitorial supply distributor that lists Briscoe as the founder and "Grayson Smith" as his partner.  
Briscoe has a criminal history in Charlotte that includes an arrest for driving with a revoked license in September 2013 and assault on a female in April 2014.  Smith's past criminal history also includes domestic violence charges.  Tanner's friend tells WCCB, "It doesn't surprise me, cause, as you know that saying, 'birds that flock together do the same thing.'  And you know him and Angelo were very close friends and always together, had close ties, so, I'm not surprised."
WCCB asked a CMPD spokesperson if Lawrence Briscoe could face charges in this case.  She replied, "this is an ongoing and open investigation."  Angelo Smith remains behind bars with no bond.  He'll be back in court next month.
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