Cops say man who cursed murder victim's family tries suicide

Michael Daniels in court
Michael Daniels in court

BAMBERG, SC (WIS) - Authorities say a man charged in the death of a Bamberg County store clerk is under observation after trying to kill himself.

Sheriff Ed Darnell told the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that 20-year-old Michael Daniels used a broken light bulb to cut his neck. .

Authorities say Daniels went into the Tiger Express convenience store in Olar on Nov. 1, killing 19-year-old Alicia Dyches and wounding another employee and a customer.

Dyches' father says Daniels harassed his daughter in the weeks before the killing.

Moments before a judge denied bond for 20-year-old Michael Daniels Nov. 3, the sister of 19-year-old Alicia Dyches broke down in court and wailed, "I hope he pays."

"F--- you," Michaels responded, before repeating the insult.

Darnell says Daniels has been taken to a mental health facility in Columbia for observation

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