Woman Charged in Man’s Death

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the death of a man in the Leesville Church Road area last Thursday. Laurens County Deputies were dispatched to Leesville Church Road, west of Clinton at about 7:30 last Thursday evening on report of a person being hit by a vehicle. On arrival, deputies found a man deceased. Initial reports indicated he was taken to the Laurens County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:01 pm.

The Sheriff’s Office today stated that prior to the fatal incident, witnesses observed the man and a female arguing in a truck. At some point, the victim exited the vehicle and the subject attempted to drive away. Deputies believe that at this time, the victim was struck by the vehicle.

The driver was identified as 42-year-old Catherine Ophelia Knight of Gopher Trail, Laurens. She was charged today with Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Homicide for the death of the passenger, 65 year old Marlon Brando Johnson, also of Laurens.