Laurens Co. man stands trial for killing deputy and girlfriend

Jurors heard gripping testimony Monday as witnesses took the stand on the first day of the Benny Brown Jr trial.

Brown was charged with killing his longtime girlfriend Nicole Kingsborough out of her job in Fountain Inn in July of 2011. Authorities say Brown then fled to a house in Clinton and after a standoff with deputies, he shot and killed Deputy Roger Rice.

Clarissa Moore, Brown’s cousin, testified that he called her in a frantic state and admitted to killing Kingsborough.

A Fountain Inn police sergeant later testified that he found Kingsborough’s body in her Dodge Charger, outside of her job.  Kingsborough’s mother became so emotional, she had to leave the courtroom.

Brown was charged with two counts of murder for Kingsborough’s death and five counts of attempted murder. Through his attorney, Brown admitted to shooting Rice, but said he didn’t know it was a deputy; he thought it was a mob.

Solicitors wanted this to be a death penalty case, but a court ruled Brown has a mental disability.

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