Cops: Man who killed 5, himself lied about hearing

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2013 11:09 AM

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say the South Carolina man who killed five people before shooting himself lied to relatives about having a court hearing the day of the slayings.

Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis told reporters earlier this week that 27-year-old Bryan Sweatt had skipped a Tuesday hearing. That's the day authorities say he shot the mother of his infant daughter, her parents and two other children before turning a gun on himself.

But in a statement provided Friday to The Associated Press, Davis says he disclosed that information based on what Sweatt's relatives said the man told them before killing himself.

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Davis says Sweatt faced a possible life sentence if he was convicted on a first-degree burglary charge. Online court records show that charge was still pending and don't list any upcoming hearings.