Originally created 02/09/00

Jury deliberates David Mark Hill's fate



The jury has begun deliberating on the fate of David Mark Hill after the prosecution rested its case Tuesday afternoon.

The defense did not call any witnesses in the death penalty trial that began Monday.

Mr. Hill , 39, is accused of barging into the North Augusta office of the Department of Social Services, firing a semi-automatic handgun at three caseworkers and killing each with a bullet to the head. Police say he was upset because the agency planned to place his paraplegic 4-year-old daughter and twin sons into foster care.

Soon after Mr. Hill was found by police on a railroad track near the DSS office, bleeding from an apparent suicide attempt with a handgun, Ms. Morgan announced she would seek the death penalty in the case.

An Aiken County grand jury indicted Mr. Hill in 1997 on three counts of murder in the deaths of Michael Gregory, 30, of Belvedere, Josie Curry, 33, and Jimmy Riddle, 52, both of North Augusta. He was also indicted on three counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and one count each of assault with intent to kill, kidnapping, burglary first-degree and illegally carrying a pistol.