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County mourns senseless killing of brothers
posted August 7, 2009
PARODY – Two deaths this week has brought
great sorrow to the residents of Edgefield County. Two brothers, Trust
and Integrity, were both found slaughtered after the Edgefield County
Council meeting Tuesday night. Both were pronounced dead on the
and reportedly died from massive trauma.
Trust, who maintained a high standard in Edgefield County over the
years had outlived many brutal attacks and was severely handicapped as
a result, however continued to remain active in the years preceding his
death on Tuesday night when the final attack was more than his heart
Integrity was found lying not far from the body of Trust and suffered
many of the same injuries.
The crime scene was littered with evidence that implicated Edgefield
County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece, Vice chairman Willie Bright, and
Councilman Norman Dorn. Investigators suggested that Edgefield Mayor
Ken Durham and local Developer Bettis Rainsford are also considered
suspected in the slayings.
An autopsy will not be performed due to their bodies being completely
The brothers were preceded in death by their parents, Honor and Truth,
who were found murdered several years ago at the same location. Kneece,
Bright, and Dorn are currently listed as the lead suspects in those
deaths as well, though no arrests have been made at this
writing. Bettis Rainsford, former County Administrator Wayne Adams, and
current Administrator John Pettigrew are all listed as possible
In a related case, Grandparents Liberty and Freedom we brutally
murdered in 1999. Their bodies were found lying outside the Edgefield
County Courthouse shortly after a vote to zone the unincorporated area
of Merriwether by the Edgefield County Council.
No visitation will be held as the entire family is now deceased.
Private memorials will be held across the county to remember Trust and
Integrity, their parents, and grandparents.
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