Trial begins for man accused with killing girlfriend, deputy

LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA)- The solicitor office tells 7 News that jury selection will begin Monday morning around 9:00 and he expects the trial to continue at least through the week.

Investigators say in 2011 Benny Brown killed his girlfriend, Nicole Kingsborough, at her job in Fountain Inn and then during a standoff with deputies, they say he shot and killed Deputy Roger Rice.

Months after the crime, a judge ruled on a gag order, not allowing anyone associated with the case to talk about it.

Brown is charged with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for all of the people who were in the yard at the time of Rice’s shooting.

Sources say originally, the defense tried to argue the shooting was under the Castle Doctrine, but the judge denied that saying the shooting happened right outside of Brown’s property.

The case also started as a death penalty case. Then a motion was filed under the Atkins Law which exempts a mentally challenged person from the death penalty.

Going through that took about 3 years and a judge finally ordered this past April that Brown did have a mental disability.

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