Evans man charged in S.C. stabbing

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:54 AM
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An Evans man was arrested Tuesday after he and a 16-year-old Greer, S.C., girl stabbed her stepfather, held him and her mother hostage, and then tried to run away together, authorities said.

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Justin Winthrop Foss, 20, of Marshall Way, entered the Riverwood Farms subdivision home of Kathleen Elizabeth Fentress, 16, about 5 a.m., according to a Greer Police Department incident report.

Fentress’ mother, Steph­anie Cowart, told police that her daughter had been communicating with Foss, a 2010 Lakeside High School graduate, on Facebook. She believes her daughter helped him get into the gated community and let Foss into their house.

Foss cut and stabbed Cowart’s husband, Ulie Cowart, according to the incident report.

“It was a slit across the neck and a stab in the shoulder,” Greer police Lt. Jim Holcombe said.

Holcombe said that because the case is still under investigation, he couldn’t release more details of the assault.

Foss and Fentress then tied her mother’s hands and put tape over her mouth, the incident report said. Foss took all of the phones and didn’t allow the couple to call for help or leave.

They threatened the couple with a gun and demanded money and jewelry, according to arrest warrants issued for them. A firearm was later found inside the home, Holcombe said.

About 8:45 a.m., Foss and Fentress left together in a Ford Explorer.

Fentress’ mother, a former controller for Fairway Outdoor Advertising in Augusta, ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help. Police found the neighbors with Fentress’ stepfather, who was lying in blood on his bed.

The stepfather, the former owner of Cowart Cabinets Inc. in North Augusta, was taken to Greer Memorial Hospital, where he remained hospitalized after surgery, Holcombe said.

The Greer police immediately released information about the suspects, who were stopped on U.S. Highway 221 near Roebuck, S.C., about 40 minutes later. They might have been headed to the Augusta area, Holcombe said.

Foss and Fentress were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. Foss also was charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

At a bond hearing Tues­day, a judge denied bond for Foss and granted a $300,000 bond to Fentress.

Foss is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center, and Fentress was sent to the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center.

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raul
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raul 03/28/12 - 12:30 pm
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Well kids, you just screwed

Well kids, you just screwed up the rest of your life.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/28/12 - 12:36 pm
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they sure did.

they sure did.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/28/12 - 12:55 pm
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Bonnie and Clyde didn't get

Bonnie and Clyde didn't get far.
Monitor what your kids do on the Internet!!

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 03/28/12 - 01:24 pm
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From the looks of the

From the looks of the mugshots, I'd say they were on something. These kids really boogered up good. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Cowart.

bentman
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bentman 03/28/12 - 02:14 pm
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What a low life.

What a low life.

etlinks
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etlinks 03/28/12 - 02:35 pm
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I remember a Billy Cowart

I remember a Billy Cowart that ran Cowarts Cabinets in NA I wonder if this is the same guy?

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augusta citizen 03/28/12 - 02:49 pm
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Billy and Ulie are brothers,

Billy and Ulie are brothers, they were partners in the business.

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NancyCasto 03/28/12 - 03:11 pm
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Sadly there is no cure for

Sadly there is no cure for acting stupid.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/28/12 - 06:51 pm
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So impatient they couldn't
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So impatient they couldn't wait 2 measly years to be together, now they won't be together at all and will have to patiently wait out their best years behind bars. Personally I hope neither one is ever let out again, but sadly....they will. At least they will endure the fear and torment behind bars for a little while that they gave their victims. What lowlifes.

etlinks
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etlinks 03/28/12 - 07:24 pm
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Thanks augusta citizen.

Thanks augusta citizen.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/28/12 - 09:24 pm
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Did they actually think they

Did they actually think they would get away with this when they ran? Sad.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 03/28/12 - 10:42 pm
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Another white boy trying to

Another white boy trying to be a thug on his facebook page. Hope he never gets out of prison. Thug, yeah...whatever......!

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curly123053 03/29/12 - 08:34 am
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This case shows the need for

This case shows the need for parents to monitor what their kids do on the internet. I am approaching 60 now and I was NEVER given the freedom these teens are given today in the name of political correctness, or they are young adults who deserve their space. While they may deserve their space to a certain extent, these young adults are still children who need to be shepherded in the right direction at times. It's sad that these 2 youngsters have deprived themselves for the rest of their lives like this. Lessons learned...........

my.voice
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my.voice 03/29/12 - 09:44 am
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I love a well thought thru

I love a well thought thru plan.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 03/29/12 - 10:07 am
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Quite a few Movies have had
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Quite a few Movies have had this particular theme throughout the years..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/29/12 - 10:11 am
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That's right, my.voice. Foss

That's right, my.voice. Foss may have the body of a 20 year old. But his reasoning skill is that of a 14 year old.

reba530
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reba530 03/29/12 - 03:53 pm
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You know it does not pay to
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You know it does not pay to be a guy living in this world today. Why was he denied bond and his little sneaky snake girlfriend was granted bond. She is as guilty as this man is. After all she is the one that let him in the gated community and she is the one that let him in their house and yet he has to sit in jail while shes probably out doing who knows what. If I was the stepdad she would never see the light of day in my house ever again. They know right from wrong and this was wrong. And to think they thought they would get away with this. Wow they are crazy. Both of them. I hope they both do some serious time

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ccwc4 03/29/12 - 04:12 pm
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All of you are very quick to

All of you are very quick to throw insults, but how many of you really know these people? I have known the victims, the Cowarts, and their daughter for years. They are good people who love their child and tried their hardest to raise her to be a respectable young woman. I in no way condone what she has done; she made a horrific decision, and she needs to face the appropriate consequences. But please remember to pray for this family. You can't even begin to imagine what they are going through.

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dbarrett 04/02/12 - 09:30 pm
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Like comment from ccwc4. I

Like comment from ccwc4. I also know the family of Justin. They have had a picture perfect family. Justin has had a blessed life. He has wonderful parents that have been totally emersed in his life. He has been a good kid and I can not understand what has happened. His family and friends are heart broken. Justin, Kathleen and their families need our prayers and not our negative comments. They have rough times ahead.

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SAPCS 04/03/12 - 02:55 pm
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It doesn't matter how much

It doesn't matter how much you LOVE your child or how "blessed" their life has been. The end product of your child-rearing is what counts. A grown man messing with a young girl and plotting to kill her parents.....yup, that's some fabulous parenting right there.

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