Man charged in Darlington double murder won't face jury until 2019

Darlington County man accused of double murder to face trial in 2019
Katherine Baucom-Cowick. (Source: Darlington County Detention Center)
Katherine Baucom-Cowick. (Source: Darlington County Detention Center)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The man accused of murdering a young girl and her grandmother in Darlington County will face a jury in 2019.

Almost two years ago, Cephas Cowick and his wife, Katherine Baucom-Cowick, were charged in the deaths of 9-year old Deziyah Chatman and her grandmother, Denise Couplin.

However, it will be another year before Cowick will go to trial for his charges - two counts of murder; third-degree arson; criminal conspiracy; armed robbery with a deadly weapon; first-degree burglary; grand larceny less than $10,000; and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

A scheduling order filed at the end of June states jury selection for a trial won't start until August 19, 2019.

Court documents say the trial is expected to last for about four weeks.

State prosecutors have previously claimed aggravating circumstances in the murders, leading them to pursue the death penalty for Cowick.

His wife, Katherine Baucom-Cowick, faces the same charges, but she was granted bond in December 2017. There have been no recent updates from her side of this case.

However, they are both named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the 9-year old's mother.

The estate of Denise Couplin, the girl's grandmother who was murdered, is also listed as a defendant

The lawsuit claims Couplin had "questionable involvement with illegal activity including drug use and associating with individuals who sold and used drugs, including Cephas Cowick and Katherine Baucom."

The civil case could be mediated by Dec. 7 or it could go to trial as early as Jan. 28, 2019, according to court documents.