Man on trial for murder wants victim's mother to stop posting about daughter's death

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An attorney for a Laurens County man charged with murder is asking a judge to order the victim's mother to stop posting about her daughter's death and the criminal case on Facebook and other social media sites.

But the mother of 19-year-old Emily Asbill is fighting the request, saying that posting stories about domestic violence and requests for prayers on a Facebook page dedicated to her daughter's memory is helping her heal.

Authorities say Asbill was strangled by her boyfriend, 30-year-old Michael Beaty Jr., in June.

Beaty's lawyer says he can't get a fair trial if Asbill's mother keeps posting.

Emily Joy says she is careful about what she posts.

Advocates for victims in South Carolina say they have never heard of a request like this.

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