Man accused of kidnapping missing Columbia teen

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man has officially been charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of a Columbia teen.

Freddie Grant had been set to have a hearing on that charge Friday but opted to waive his right to that appearance.

In January, a federal jury found Grant guilty of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Authorities found the bullets when they searched Grant’s home for Gabbiee Swainson.

The girl was 15 when her mother reported her missing from their home early on Aug. 18. Authorities say Grant had dated the girl’s mother and that Gabbiee’s blood was found on duct tape near Grant’s property.

Grant could face life in prison on the federal charge.

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