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Father says suspect in slayings is ill

Oct 6, 2010 6:33:00 AM - thestate.com
The father of a South Carolina man suspected of slaying two sisters says his son is mentally ill.

Bernard Brand told WMBF-TV for a story reported Tuesday that his son has never done something so extreme. Brand said his son would sometimes go outside their home and wander off, but never as far as the nearly 100 yards away where the two women lived.

Williamsburg County sheriff's deputies say 65-year old Naomi Johnson and her sister, 73-year-old Thelma Haddock, were shot dead in their Kingstree home. Their bodies were found Monday afternoon.

Authorities say 32-year-old Joseph Jermaine Brand was arrested and faces several charges, including murder, burglary and armed robbery.

Deputies contacted at the county jail after hours Tuesday refused to release any information on the younger Brand.

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