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Charges Dropped In Upstate Double Murder Case

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - Charges against a man accused of killing two people in the Upstate in 2012 have been dismissed in Greenville on Wednesday.

Lawrence Roy Campbell was accused of shooting a father and son in August, 2012.

Investigators say Campbell shot Ben Anders, Jr. and Ben Anders, Sr. after an argument.

The Defense has always claimed this was self defense. When they found that evidence that potentially proved his innocence wasn't handed over until less than 24 hours before the start of this trial they asked for a dismissal. 

"The defendant's right to a fair trial is paramount and the takes precedent over anything else," said Defense Attorney, Wally Fayssoux. "We knew we were missing fundamental evidence that we thought would have proved our client had the right to be there, that our client was merely acting in self defense."

He said this all started with a set of notes taken by an investigator with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office during an interview with the only eye witness that day in 2012. He said they nor the prosecution got those notes until one day before the trial.  

"The key part about some of the evidence that was missing is that it indicated the only eyewitness had been less than truthful, to put it mildly," said Fayssoux.

Had he had those those notes, Fayssoux believes his client could have received immunity, setting Campbell free sooner.


13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins says he was equally shocked by the omission.

"I've never seen anything this specific to this issue before," said Wilkins.

 "Do you feel like a ball was dropped here," asked 7 On Your Side Reporter, Addie Hampton.

"I never want to say a ball was dropped. It's unfortunate that we found this particular piece of information this late in the game.
Certainly unfortunate.  We don't ever want it to happen again," he said.

Wilkins said this is making them revise some of their practices and procedures in the solicitor's office.

 "We just have to be vigilant and we have to make sure that we have every piece of evidence," said Wilkins


7 On Your Side spoke to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office about the late evidence. They said they did not have a comment, but the situation is under internal review.

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