Cowpens man pleads guilty in deaths of 3 people in 2010

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Cowpens man has pleaded guilty in the 2010 deaths of three people.

Prosecutor’s spokesman Murray Glenn told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that 48-year-old Cass Franklin Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and escape.

Smith was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, 41-year-old Suzanne Bridges, her boyfriend, 45-year-old Harold Lick and her daughter 15-year-old Maggie Wenner.

Authorities say two of Bridges’ children found the bodies. Smith was arrested several days later.

In 2010, the state notified Smith that it would seek the death penalty. Smith then offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Glenn says prosecutors recently decided to accept Smith’s guilty plea instead of taking the case to trial.

Glenn says Smith will be sentenced Thursday.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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