Suspect waives hearing in shooting of 7 officers

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The suspect in the shooting of seven law enforcement officers in South Carolina has refused to take part in a hearing, and a magistrate ruled he abandoned his right to the session.

News outlets report that 74-year-old Fred Hopkins refused to participate in Wednesday’s hearing in Florence.

Hopkins is charged with killing two officers and wounding five others at his home Oct. 3 when officers came to question his son about a sexual assault allegation.

Hopkins said the hearing was illegally delayed. Magistrate Mia David Weaver ruled the hearing had been set within 10 days of his request. Hopkins said nothing else and was returned to jail.

Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff’s Investigator Farrah Turner died from wounds from the shooting.

No trial has been set.

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