Crime

July 4, 2013

Sumter man says he'll fight extradition to SC

Joseph Manners, 20, is accused of killing his grandparents, James and Joann Topper, by setting fire to their Barnwell Drive home on June 1. Manners reportedly fled to Kentucky after the killings, where he was apprehended the next day.

A man wanted on arson and murder charges will spend at least two more months in his home state of Kentucky after an extradition hearing Tuesday.

Joseph Manners, 20, is accused of killing his grandparents, James and Joann Topper, by setting fire to their Barnwell Drive home on June 1. Manners reportedly fled to Kentucky after the killings, where he was apprehended the next day after a police chase ended with the suspect driving his car into the Ohio River.

Manners indicated he intended to fight his extradition back to South Carolina in a Kentucky courtroom this week, necessitating another hearing tentatively scheduled for September before he can face charges in Sumter.

Officials with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday they plan to seek a “governor’s warrant” to formally request Manners’ extradition from Kentucky.

“We’ll work with the solicitor’s office to have it drawn up, and the governor will actually sign it and send it to the Kentucky officials,” said Capt. Allen Dailey.

Manners is being held by Kentucky authorities pending the extradition hearing.

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