S.C. Briefs


Officials identify 4 beaten to death

MOUNT PLEASANT - Officials in South Carolina have released the names of four people who investigators think were beaten to death by a relative at a home over the weekend.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office told local news outlets Sunday that the victims were 72-year-old Joseph Manigault, 69-year-old Rose Manigault, 42-year-old Kenya Manigault and 15-year-old Faith Manigault. The official cause of death is pending for all four victims. They were found dead in a home in Mount Pleasant on Saturday morning.

Twenty-two-year-old Lovequawn Matthew Shaire Scott is charged with four counts of murder.

Relatives said the victims were the grandparents who raised Scott, an aunt and a cousin.

Body found by officers checking car in woods

FLORENCE - Authorities investigating why a car was in the woods behind a South Carolina restaurant say they found a dead man.

Florence Police told media outlets that officers were called to check on the car behind the Zaxby's on U.S. Highway 52 around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken says the officers found the body of 31-year-old Kevin Parker.

Lutcken says it appears Parker was killed by someone else, and he ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.