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UPDATE: Arrests made in 2010 home invasion, murder

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Nearly two years ago, 21-year-old Chance LeCroy was killed in his Fairfax Heights home.

Police said someone entered the home and shot him. Now, police say they know who pulled the trigger and they've arrested two people.

LeCroy was found dead in his home on Johnston Terrace in Fairfax Heights, north of Lupton City.

Just before noon on September 9, 2010, his roommate said two men broke in. He was awakened by gunfire, then a gun was put to his head. Once on his feet, he told police the men fled. LeCroy was dead.

Three weeks later, his family pleaded for someone to come forward with information.

"You'd have to live it to know it. I've seen it on TV, but that's one thing. They have to be caught for sure," the victim's cousin, Sean LeCroy, said in a September 2010 interview with Channel 3.

Over the course of the investigation, tips led police to Ronald Lee Pittman and Billy Bob Partin as the suspects.

According to the arrest affidavits, Pittman and Partin said they "knew Chance LeCroy had dope and flat screens." They said their intention was to take those valuables and go, but that's not how it turned out.

Police said during the interview, they both admitted to being involved in LeCroy's murder.

Court documents state they said "but things went wrong and Chance Lecroy was shot." It doesn't go into anymore detail about why it turned into a shooting.

Billy Bob Partin is charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery. Ronald Lee Pittman is charged with facilitation of especially aggravated robbery.

LeCroy's family and friends were notified Friday of the arrests. They're now left to re-open the wounds of their loss as they pray for closure and justice for Chance LeCroy.

In researching both men's criminal history, we found Billy Bob Partin pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge in 2001. Ronald Lee Pittman was charged with theft just this past April.

Both are due in court June 25.

They're being held in the Hamilton County Jail. Partin's bond is set for $2 million, and Pittman's at $1.5 million.

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