Man accused of killing Florence police officer denied request for public defender

Man accused of killing Florence police officer denied request for public defender
Frederick Hopkins (Source: Florence Co Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The man authorities say opened fire on several Florence County law enforcement officers, killing one and injuring six, made a request for a public defender.

According to information from the public index, Frederick Hopkins filed a request for a public defender on Oct. 12. At a hearing on Tuesday, that request was denied, according to officials.

The 74-year-old Hopkins is charged with one count of murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection with the Oct. 3 shooting that killed Florence police officer Terrence Carraway and injured six others.

According to authorities, deputies were executing a search warrant for Seth Hopkins in relation to an alleged sexual assault of a minor who was a child in the home at the time the shooting occurred.

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