Double Murder-Suicide in Edgefield County

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

October 30, 2007

EDGEFIELD, S.C.--- A man, his wife, and her teenage daughter are dead in an apparent double murder-suicide.

Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter says the stepfather is believed to be the suspect. He was found dead lying beside his wife's bed, shot once.

Chief Carter identifies the victims as his 34-year-old wife and her teenage daughter. Both were found dead in their beds, each shot twice.

Chief Carter says they believe the crime happened sometime Tuesday morning. He says the stepfather got his other three stepchildren off to school, before turning a pistol on the family and himself.

Officers say the other children arrived home from school Tuesday afternoon and couldn't get inside the home. That's when one of the children called their grandmother who came down to the home and went inside to find the gruesome scene.

She alerted a neighbor who called 9-1-1 around 4:45 pm.

Edgefield Police called in SLED who processed the scene well into the night. The three bodies were taken to the county hospital, they will be transported to Newberry for an autopsy Wednesday morning.

The other three children, ages 7,11, and 15 are staying with relatives.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims or the suspect, pending notification of family members.

Chief Carter says there is no known motive at this time and the investigation is ongoing.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2008 at 12:38 AM
    scratch thatlast message errrrrrrrrrr
  • by Marissa Location: TallahasseeFlorida on Aug 12, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    I just have to say this: I have heard several of Bob's family members talk about how they feared him, and tell stories of things he has done to them, but now that he has murdered my innocent aunt and my innocent cousin, these people pretend that he was such a wonderful man. Well we all know how sick and twisted he was. I guess that you are now afraid that he will haunt you if you stand up to the demon that he was. I am sorry that the guilt you have will last you a lifetime. Jade and Alecia are feeling no pain nor sorrow, unlike you. Continuing to hide the truth that was Robert Herring will not save you from the hell that you face.
  • by Sam Location: Tallahassee on Jun 18, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    Alecia was one of the nicest people I have ever known someone said that he is in a better place watching over his kids and family I guess he couldn't watch over them here he had to murder two good people and then kill himself to watch over his kids and family. Whoever wrote this is extreamily sick person do you even know what you just said and how it sounds.
  • by Charles Location: N. Augusta on Jun 10, 2008 at 01:00 PM
    Someone said that Bob had a reason for what he done. Who appointed him Judge Jury and Executioner. There is still a such thing as Divorce. Sounds like someone is as sick as he is.
  • by privite Location: n. AUGUSTA on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    bob had a reason for what he had donee.. he prevented this woman from hurting other families. he is in a better place now. watching over his kids and his family.
  • by Private Location: Edgefiled on Nov 20, 2007 at 03:32 PM
    Rest In Peace Jade
  • by Charles Location: Denver on Nov 16, 2007 at 01:27 PM
    No words are here to tell anyone how empty I feel without my sister, and Niece. She was the best person I've ever known and now she was killed by a mad man May he burn in Hell
  • by PRIVATE Location: AUGUSTA on Nov 14, 2007 at 03:32 PM
    Alecia told me a couple of weeks prior to this that "i know something about Bob that would send him to prison forever"
  • by charlayne Location: FL on Nov 13, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    Alecia and Jade are my angels and Bob will burn forever.... and for the comment posted by Barnwell...sounds like you come from a lot of sleeping around and do you come from the same blood line as Bob?
  • by Charlayne Location: FL on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    No matter what people assumed happend it does not give the right for Bob Herring to murder my Sister and Niece. Bob is a animal. What kind of people try to justify a murder, makes you wonder if it runs in the family.
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