Murder Suspect Extradited to SC


By Rochelle Dean


In handcuffs and shackles, 20 year old Joseph Manners was escorted out of the Sumter Detention Center after returning to South Carolina Monday evening. Manners refused to answer ABC Columbia's questions regarding charges he now faces for murder, arson and grand larceny.

According to authorities, Manners beat his 68 year old grandfather James Topper in the head, before using gasoline to set fire to the families Barnwell Drive home. A blaze police say also killed his grandmother 79 year old Joanne Topper.

Witnesses say saw Manners speed away from the scene of the fire in the grandparents car. Sumter Deputies alerted authorities in Kentucky and Cleveland, Ohio where Manners has family.

Ohio police spotted Manners and attempted to pull over, but officials say he refused to stop taking them on a chase before slamming into a concrete wall where police say he fled on foot.

Police say Manners attempted suicide by taking pills and was treated and then taken to jail before he was extradited back to South Carolina.

Sumter Sheriff Anthony Dennis says they believe the motive may have been drug related since authorities say Manners had a substance abuse history.

Police say they plan to place him on suicide watch. More charges are pending in this case.
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