Pickens Co. Woman Pleads Guilty, Mentally Ill In 4 Slayings - WSPA.com

Pickens Co. Woman Pleads Guilty, Mentally Ill In 4 Slayings

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Updated: April 26, 2013 at 5:21 p.m.

A South Carolina woman admits she killed four members of her family but says she was mentally ill at the time she gunned down her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother.

Susan Hendricks pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of murder in the shooting deaths in October 2011.

Authorities say the 49-year-old Hendricks tried to make it look like one of her sons killed the others before he committed suicide. Investigators say she was trying to collect about $700,000 worth of life insurance policies.

The killings took place in two homes in Liberty in the northwest part of the state. Authorities say Hendricks also killed a man in 2006, but claimed self-defense. Charges were never filed in that case.

Hendricks will be sentenced after a hearing Friday.

Posted: April 26, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.

A Pickens County woman is due in court on Friday afternoon to face four counts of murder.

The 13th Circuit Solicitor's Office said the crime happened on October 14, 2011 at two homes on Pinedale Road in Liberty. 

Prosecutors say Susan Hendricks took the lives of her ex-husband Hark Hendricks, two sons Marshall and Matthew, and her step- mother Linda Burns.

Investigators said she then made up a story about one of her sons being suicidal to cover up the crime.

Hendricks is charged with four counts of murder. 7 On Your Side will update this story.

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