COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A hearing scheduled for Thursday to decide whether or not to place a gag order in the case against Freddie Grant, the sole suspect in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson, has been moved to Friday morning.
Grant's defense attorneys have requested officials no longer release specific information about the case after several news conferences where they say Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott painted their client as a "monster".
A judge will hear the request Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Thus far, Lott has held three news conferences to discuss further details about the case against Grant and the search for Swainson. He has also made at least two appearances on the Nancy Grace Show in reference to the case, according to the gag order motion filed by Grant's attorneys.
"Mr. Lott has not arrested a monster; he is trying to build one," the motion said.
Lott says Grant has refused to give investigators any information about Swainson's whereabouts.
Investigators have located several pieces of evidence in this case, including blood-stained pieces of duct tape and a key to the Swainson's home that Lott said Grant had in his possession.
Meanwhile, search teams continue in their efforts to find Swainson.
Grant remains in the Lexington County Detention Center on federal charges.