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4 found dead in two neighboring homes

LIBERTY, S.C. — Four people were found dead Friday morning in two neighboring homes outside of Liberty after a man called his mother and told her he was going to kill himself, Pickens County Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan said.

Officers rushed to the homes about 6:30 a.m. after the call from a relative of the mother, finding two bodies inside the man’s home, and two more bodies next door. All the victims had apparently been shot, Morgan said.

Investigators were still gathering evidence, but all signs so far point toward the man killing three people, then committing suicide, Morgan said.

Pawlenty wants his filing fee refunded

COLUMBIA — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants a $25,000 primary filing fee refund from South Carolina as he pays off bills from a cash-strapped and defunct presidential bid.

“We’re trying to get that South Carolina filing fee back. We’re working on that,” Pawlenty said. “We have got a little debt.” A report he filed Friday showed $453,000 in debts.

Matt Moore, the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, said it’s not an unusual request, but Pawlenty shouldn’t expect it.

“It is our current policy not to refund filing fees,” Moore said.

South Carolina Republicans use the fees – the highest among early primary states – to cover the cost of the key, first-in-the-South presidential primary planned for Jan. 21.


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