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Investigation drags on in the shooting death of a Eutawville man

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Wednesday family and friends will hold a vigil to pray for justice and answers in the shooting death of Bernard Bailey. He is the Summerville Wal-Mart manager  shot and killed  by the former Chief of Police, Richard Combs, in Eutawville in May 2011.

The First Circuit Solicitor said at this point the investigation into Bailey's death is ongoing despite the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division clearing the former top cop of any charges.

In an email, the First Circuit Solicitor, David Pascoe, wrote, "The Bernard Bailey matter…is being investigated by my office.  I have a prosecutor and an investigator from my office working with SLED to determine what needs to be done."

SLED said their portion of the investigation is done, and they've handed their report over to the prosecutor to review.

"One man lost his job. One man lost his life. That's not justice," Pastor Gralin Hampton told News 2. "If this was justified the community wants to know why."

Friends said Bailey went to the police station to dispute a speeding ticket written to one of his daughters. Investigators haven't released further details surrounding the shooting outside the police station. The coroner confirmed Bailey was shot twice in the chest and once in the shoulder.

In October 2012, the family filed their own lawsuit naming Combs, the town, and the police department in a wrongful death case. That case is tied up in court.

The solicitor has three options in dealing with the case. He can take the case to court with the evidence submitted from SLED. He can request additional investigative material. Finally, he can issue a declination letter which means he will not prosecute the case.

The prayer vigil is Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Historic Church of the Epiphany in Eutawville.

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