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Man charged in pastor's death denied bond

Mar 23, 2010 2:15:00 PM - thestate.com
Thirty children, grandchildren and friends of the late Rev. Tryon Eichelberger gathered in a Richland County courtroom this morning to see face to face the man police say killed the 87-year-old retired pastor.

Frankie Lee McGee, a 44-year-old Kershaw County resident, is charged with murder and first-degree burglary in the beating death of Eichelberger, who was attacked last year in his Greenview community home.

Judge Thomas G. Cooper Jr. denied bond after hearing from Solicitor Barney Giese, who said, ?I believe that the defendant is a danger to the community ... . We want to make sure he stays in jail and therefore ask that you set no bond.?

The case involves a murder committed during a burglary, so the death penalty could be applied, Giese told Cooper. Giese?s office has not yet announced whether it will see the death penalty.

The investigation into the clergyman?s killing had stalled until the Richland County Sheriff?s Department analyzed the crime scene using its criminal lab.

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