GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Investigators say the Greenwood man who killed five people before shooting himself lied to relatives about having a court hearing the day of the slayings.
Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis told reporters earlier this week that 27-year-old Bryan Sweatt had skipped a hearing on Tuesday. That’s the day authorities say he shot the mother of his infant daughter, her parents and two other children before turning a gun on himself.
Davis said Thursday he had said that based on information Sweatt gave his own relatives before killing himself.
Sweatt faced a possible minimum 15-year sentence if he was convicted on a first-degree burglary charge. Prosecutors say he likely would have been tried in December or January and had no hearings scheduled this week.