No murder charges in death

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 5:07 PM
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina man has died 10 years after a brutal beating left him unable to feed, clean or care for himself.

The family of 43-year-old Troy Knapp wishes his attackers could be charged with murder, and the coroner's office says his death in November after a seizure is a result of injuries from the beating.

But prosecutors told The Post and Courier of Charleston that South Carolina law won't allow someone to be tried for murder if the victim lived for more than three years after the injuries were inflicted.

Six men were convicted of lynching in the attack on Knapp. Two remain in prison, but they are expected to be released within the year.

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Fiat_Lux 01/03/10 - 07:13 pm
Too bad it didn't happen in

Too bad it didn't happen in Georgia instead of SC. It was murder, regardless of how long it took for him to finally die.

TakeAstand 01/03/10 - 08:40 pm
Thats a BS law. The [filtered word]'s

Thats a BS law. The [filtered word]'s that did it need to suffer the same amount of time before their dirt nap. Most of them are already out and free. Each one of them deserve to be charged with murder, how many slow deaths have to happen before they change that law. I can only pray the worthless little thug wastes of flesh get what they truely deserve one day.

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