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Murder Charges Filed In McCormick County Double Homicide

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Yesterday, this news site reported on arrests made in connection with a November 2017 double homicide in McCormick County, South Carolina.

As we exclusively reported, two men – Devin Tyrone Crapps, 22, and Shiquan Marquez Freeman, 25 (both of Spartanburg, S.C.) – were charged with accessory to murder in connection with that case.

Today, the hammer fell on the two alleged triggermen – 22-year-old Jesse Cashawn Freeman III of McCormick, S.C. and 27-year-old Travis Rashad Freeman of Spartanburg, S.C.

According to a news release from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), both Freemans have been charged with murder – a felony charge punishable by death (ostensibly) or a mandatory minimum of thirty years behind bars.

Two men – 34-year-old Steven Banks and 44-year-old Joel Turner (both of McCormick, S.C.) – were shot and killed during the early morning hours of November 24 during an altercation at Sapps Bar and Grill, located on Highway 378 in McCormick County.

An estimated 200 people were patronizing the establishment when the fight broke out.  The melee began inside the bar but quickly spilled into the parking lot, which is where Banks and Turner were fatally shot.

SLED agents assisted the McCormick County Sheriff’s Office in its investigation of the shooting.  The case will be prosecuted by the office of S.C. eleventh circuit solicitor Rick Hubbard.

As with anyone accused of committing any crime, all of the defendants in this case should be considered innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers (or until such time as they enter a plea in connection with the charges filed against them).

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