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      Suspect in deputy slaying still in hospital

      Deputy Roger Rice / Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office/WHNS

      LAURENS, SC (WHNS) - The man accused of killing a Laurens County deputy and his girlfriend of more than 20 years will remain in the hospital for at least one more day.

      Deputies said they were searching for 39-year-old Benny Brown Jr. after investigators said he shot and killed his girlfriend, identified by the Laurens County Coroner's Office as 38-year-old Nicole Kingsborough, outside the Fehrer plant Wednesday night. They said that shooting happened in the Fountain Inn Police Department's jurisdiction, but the Laurens County deputies were called in to help search for Brown.

      Deputies said that search ended at a home on Barrel Stave Road in Clinton. They said deputies were involved in a brief standoff with Brown before shots were fired. They said Brown, Deputy Roger Rice and another person were wounded during the exchange of gunfire.

      All three people were taken to a local hospital, but Rice did not survive.

      In connection with the Laurens County shooting, Brown was charged with murder, five counts of attempted murder and use of a weapon during a violent crime.

      Fountain Inn police said Brown was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection with Kingsborough's death.

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      Brown was listed in fair condition at Greenville Memorial hospital Friday morning.

      Authorities said Brown will be taken to Abbeville County's jail after being released from the hospital.

      Funeral arrangements made for slain deputy, woman

      Visitation for Rice will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Kennedy's mortuary in Laurens. His funeral was scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church on West Main Street in Laurens.

      A memorial fund was set up at Capital Bank. Donations may also be dropped off at the Laurens County Sheriff's Office.

      The funeral for Kingsborough will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at New Bethel AME on New Bethel Church Road in Clinton.

      (This story courtesy WHNS and