Man Cleared in 2004 SC Killing Sues Deputies

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By Alicia Barnes

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) _ A man cleared in the 2004 killing of an Oconee County cab driver is suing the authorities who arrested him.

The Independent-Mail of Anderson reports that Lloyd Andrew Lash says in a lawsuit filed this week that his arrest and prosecution cost him lost earnings, degraded his name and caused him mental pain and suffering.

A jury deliberated a little more than an hour in 2011 before clearing Lash on all charges. He had been arrested in 2009 and charged with murder, attempted armed robbery and a weapons violation in the 2004 death of Seneca cab driver George Arthur Roberts.

Prosecutors say Roberts had picked up a man at a gas station and was found dead minutes later in his cab, which had gone down an embankment.

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