Death penalty sought in killings of 3 in Cowpens home
COWPENS, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty against a man who a South Carolina sheriff says ambushed his ex-girlfriend, her teenage daughter and her new boyfriend in their home.
Prosecutor Trey Gowdy said Tuesday that 43-year-old Cass Franklin Smith planned the killings last Friday in the Cowpens mobile home he had shared with 41-year-old Suzanne Elizabeth Bridges for five years before they broke up in March.
Authorities say Smith sneaked up to the home and fired several shots from a revolver through an open window, killing Bridges, her 45-year-old new boyfriend and 15-year-old daughter. Two younger children in the home were not harmed.
Investigators say Smith admitted to the killings, but in television interviews before his arrest he denied killing anyone.
Authorities say Smith has not retained a lawyer.