Sandra Shaffer filed a lawsuit following the search warrant raid, alleging that police needlessly destroyed her home while looking for evidence. In the lawsuit, she alleged that police had believed "bodies or other evidence related to the alleged 'sniper shootings,'" were hidden on the property.
Shortly after photos of the search warrant raid were released to the public, Sandra Shaffer fired her lawyer and told media outlets that she was going to drop the lawsuit.
About a month after Lester was arrested and charged with Patton's death, "Little Rod" Shaffer, who was being held in South Central Regional Jail on a separate charge, called his mother.
Lester, "Little Rod" told his mother, had told him that he was going to "take the rap" for the sniper slayings in order to clear the Shaffers, according to the jail call transcript.
In a separate jail call about two months later, Sandra Shaffer indicated that detectives had been questioning her about the body of a black man whom they believed was buried on her property.
"Well, and they're still hollerin' about that damn n---'s body," she said. "I don't know who the f--- that is."
"I know all about it," Rodney Shaffer responded.
"Never mind," he said.
Cooper said Wednesday that he could not comment on any continuing investigation of the Shaffer property. Police did not find evidence of bodies during their initial search warrant raid of the property, he said.
Supervising deputy U.S. Marshal John Perrine, who led portions of the initial sniper investigation in 2003, said that Lester may be connected to several unsolved murders around Kanawha County, and urged law enforcement to reopen some cold case investigations, though he could not go into specifics.
"Theories that there were other homicides," Perrine said. "It's part of the issue that they need to reevaluate and take a look at several cases over the last 10 years."
Lester, Perrine said, was feared because of his connection to the Mexican mafia, and the cross-state drug enterprise that reportedly fueled the sniper murders.
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