Benny Brown

Benny Brown Jr. is charged with two counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, and weapons offenses for the for the shooting deaths of his longtime girlfriend and a Laurens County deputy on July 13, 2011. Investigators said Brown killed Nicole Kingsborough, 38, in the parking lot of the Fehrer plant in Fountain Inn, where the victim worked. Family members said Brown and Kingsborough had been in a relationship for more than 20 years and that Brown had prior arrests for domestic violence. Laurens County deputies began searching for Brown after the Fehrer shooting and said they tracked him to a home on Barrel Stave Road in Clinton. After a brief standoff, investigators said shots were fired. Brown, Deputy Rice and another person were all wounded in the exchange of gunfire. Rice, 29, died from his injuries at the hospital. The young deputy had only worked for the department for about a year and a half and had only recently completed his training at the state's Criminal Justice Academy a few months prior to his death. Rice left behind a wife and two children. Kingsborough left behind three children. The youngest was only three-years-old at the time of her death.