Lawyers want gag order in deputy's death case


LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys representing a man charged with killing a Laurens County deputy earlier this month want a gag order issued in the case.

Court records obtained by The Greenville News ( show two attorneys for Bennie Brown Jr. have filed a total of nine motions, including asking for an investigation into who shot Brown during the standoff that led to 29-year-old deputy Roger Rice's death on July 13.

On top of each motion, the lawyers wrote "potential death penalty case," although prosecutors have not decided whether to make Brown's murder trial a capital punishment case.

Authorities say Brown shot Rice as Laurens County deputies tried to arrest him at his Clinton home on charges he killed his girlfriend at a Fountain Inn plant several hours before.


Information from: The Greenville News,

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