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Woman: SLED agent held her hostage before killing

Jul 29, 2011 9:41:00 AM - thestate.com
A woman who authorities say was killed by her state agent boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself told investigators just days before the shooting she had been held hostage and sexually assaulted, but did not want to press charges because he was only a year away from retirement.

Instead, Mary Ann Cox signed a statement asking Berkeley County deputies not to press charges, and reiterated her stance a few days later when investigators contacted her again, according to documents obtained by The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/pGYJ56).

State Law Enforcement Division agent Charlie Boyette gunned down Cox outside the Mount Pleasant bank where she worked on July 22, then committed suicide, authorities said. Boyette had been suspended by SLED Chief Mark Keel days before after he learned of Cox's allegations.

Still, Keel couldn't believe the actions of his 61-year-old friend, who attended Keel's swearing-in ceremony earlier this month and had a spotless record in more than 37 years of law enforcement.

"I was absolutely shocked," Keel told the newspaper this week. "I could not believe it. Trust me."

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