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Update: Suspects in death remain in jail

by | March 21, 2019 5:00 pm

Last Updated: March 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

The two suspects charged in connection with March 6 death of a Macon Lane resident were ordered to be held without bond when they appeared at in Colleton County Magistrate Court bond hearing on March 14.
Investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office charged Joseph Thomas Benton, 29, of Walterboro and Rebecca Beard, 44, of Walterboro with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Ricky Huff, 59, of Macon Lane.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey, following an autopsy, ruled Huff was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
The arrest warrant filed against both Benton and Beard alleges that they struck Huff on the head.
The involuntary manslaughter charge against Beard also claims that she delayed in calling 911 to seek medical assistance for Huff. She and Huff both lived at the Macon Lane residence. Benton’s address was on Smoaks Road.
The probable cause for the arrests, according to the arrest affidavit, came from statements by the defendants and other witnesses.
Members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and Colleton County Fire-Rescue responded to a residence at 799 Macon Lane on March 6 at 7:33 p.m. after receiving reports of an assault victim at the home.
When firefighter-paramedics arrived, a nurse who lived nearby was providing treatment to Huff, who had no signs of life. After making that determination, Coroner Harvey was called to the scene by paramedics.
Huff’s body was found in the living room of the home, according to Harvey.

comments » 7

  1. Comment by Ace

    March 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    She was in shock, how could she make any sort of call? This woman is innocent and should have her charges dropped. The man, yeah he should be in jail….but not the woman. It’s ridiculous. I hope she hires a lawyer after all of this is over and sue Colleton County. Her family needs to contact the Charleston chapter of the FBI and have them investigate this situation.

  2. Comment by People need to take responsibility for their actions!

    March 22, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    She could have made that call the same way millions of others have! GTFOH with that bullshit. If you can sit by and watch someone die right in front of you and do nothing you’re a psycho!

  3. Comment by Simple Jane

    March 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Prove that she didn’t make the call in a timely manner. Were you there? If so, you need to be in jail too. If not, you shouldn’t pretend to know the facts. Prove BEYOND a reasonable doubt…they have to get 12 jurors to agree to that. Not happening!!! That will never happen and they know it. Her charges will be dropped, just as they should be.

  4. Comment by Justification

    March 24, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Her charges shouldnt be dropped caused so many people heard her say they Ricky would be the next one to go.then a month later Ricky was gone.a month to the day so that was premeditated so hopefully charges will be changed to premeditated mirder.

  5. Comment by Justification

    March 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Her charges shouldnt be dropped caused so many people heard her say they Ricky would be the next one to go.then a month later Ricky was gone.a month to the day so that was premeditated so hopefully charges will be changed to premeditated murder

  6. Comment by Simple Jane

    March 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hear say!!! Not admissible in court. So try again. There’s NO WAY they can take her to trial because they can not PROVE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT!! Know you law before running your ignorant mouth.

  7. Comment by Henchman of Hades

    March 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    This is an injustice! Free them from jail, he was only defending himself against a druggie who became violent because of the drugs. And her? She has a good lawsuit coming as soon as she gets out because they are wrongfully imprisoning & charging her.


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