Bond hearing set in tow-truck fatality

A bond hearing for a South Carolina couple accused of running over and killing an Augusta man in the path of their tow truck has been scheduled for next week.

The hearing for Michael Faron Brown, 27, and his wife, Victoria Nichole Brown, 20, both of Gaston, S.C., is set for Wednesday in Columbia County.

The Browns are charged with murder in William Leslie Jacobs’ April 9 death.

Mr. Jacobs was at the Martinez home of a friend, Lidie Joseph Clements. The Browns were attempting to repossess Mr. Clements truck when the incident occurred, according to a Columbia County sheriff's incident report.

During the repossession, Mr. Clements claimed the Browns damaged his truck and Mr. Jacobs’ van, which also was parked in the driveway. When he approached the wrecker, Mr. Clements said the truck broke loose from the wrecker, which sped toward him.

Mr. Clements said he dove out of the way to avoid being hit, but that the wrecker ran over Mr. Jacobs and drove away.

Mr. Jacobs was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police issued arrest warrants two days later charging the Browns with murder. Mr. Brown also is charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, and Mrs. Brown is also charged with battery.

The Browns surrendered to police Tuesday and are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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