Man had blood on clothes when arrested in 4 deaths
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man beat his grandparents, an aunt and a cousin to death and was arrested by officers who noted blood on his clothes and shoes when they arrived, authorities said.
Lovequawn Matthew Shaire Scott is charged with four counts of murder. He refused to sign papers and appear Sunday before a magistrate, upsetting the family of the victims.
“I’m angered that he had the audacity to refuse to come down and face us,” Valerie Gilliard-Anthony, a niece of Scott’s grandparents.
Joseph Manigault, 72; his wife Rose Manigault, 69; Scott’s aunt, Kenya Manigault, 42; and his cousin, Faith Manigault, 15, were all found dead Saturday at the Mount Pleasant home Scott shared with his grandparents by someone who called 911 after finding two bodies in a garage, according to sworn statements by police.
Two more bodies were found in a bedroom, authorities said.
Scott, 22, was there too with an injured hand and blood on his clothes, affidavits said.
The coroner’s office said it appeared all four victims were beaten to death, but they ordered autopsies to get more information.
Charleston County deputies have not released a motive for the killing, and family members at Scott’s court hearing Sunday said they aren’t sure either why Scott would attack his family.