Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC
Midlands Crimestoppers
Home
News
About
Contact Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers FAQ
Donate to Crime Stoppers
Submit a Tip to Crimestoppers (New Window)
Home  |  News  |  Grandson facing arson, murder charges in deadly fire

Grandson facing arson, murder charges in deadly fire
Thursday, June 6, 2013

 


SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Kentucky man has been arrested and charged with arson and murder following a house fire in Sumter County that killed his grandparents.

Sumter County Sheriff's deputies started investigating the case after the bodies of 79-year-old Joann Topper and 68-year-old James William Topper and were found in a fire that destroyed a house on Barnwell Drive Saturday.

Sheriff's investigators said the victims are the grandparents of 20-year-old Joseph Manners.

Manners had been living at the home for the past several months, according to Sheriff Anthony Dennis. Deputies were called to the home previously to investigate a report of domestic violence, but the grandmother did not press charges in the incident.

A witness told investigators that as the house burned, a small, white car left the driveway of the home and sped away north on Barnwell Drive.

Investigators learned that the homeowners had three vehicles registered in their names, and they found two of them at the home. They checked the registration of the third vehicle, which was missing, and it was a white Honda Accord.

Deputies notified other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which was possibly being driven by Manners, who is from Edgewood, KY.

Early Sunday morning, police in Erlanger, KY spotted the vehicle on Interstate 75 and attempted to pull it over, but the driver crossed the Ohio River into Cincinnati. Cincinnati officers found the vehicle and arrested the driver after he drove the car into the Ohio River and ran away. The driver was identified as Manners.

He is being held in Cincinnati and is awaiting extradition to South Carolina to face an arson charge and two murder charges.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/22479846/man-arrested-for-arson-in-deadly-fire-that-killed-grandparents

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Texters can send anonymous tips to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC". Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.


Notice about comments:

Comments left on this site are NOT ANONYMOUS.

Crimestoppers does not take information on crimes here or via standard email because we cannot guarantee your anonymity. Any information sent to us through comments will NOT be acted upon and will be removed. Please call 1-888-CRIME-SC, or use our online tip form to give information anonymously to Crimestoppers.


More from Midlands Crimestoppers



DO NOT attempt to approach, detain, follow or arrest any individual based on this web site's information. As information becomes dated it may become less accurate. Because some wanted persons are being sought for crimes of violence, or are known to be armed, all wanted persons should be considered dangerous. If you have information regarding the identity or whereabouts of any wanted person immediately contact Crime Stoppers or notify your local law enforcement agency.

Site Design & Maintenance:
CharlestonImage.com
CharlestonImage.com

© Copyright Midlands Crimestoppers. All Rights Reserved.