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Attorney requests mom of slain SC teen stop Facebook posts about daughter's death

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CLINTON, SC - An attorney for a Laurens County man charged with murder is asking a judge to order the victim's mother to stop posting about her daughter's death and the criminal case on Facebook and other social media sites.

But the mother of 19-year-old Emily Asbill is fighting the request, saying that posting stories about domestic violence and requests for prayers on a Facebook page dedicated to her daughter's memory is helping her heal.

Authorities say Asbill, who is also the daughter of a SC SLED agent, was strangled by her boyfriend, 30-year-old Michael Beaty Jr., in June of 2013

Beaty's lawyer says he can't get a fair trial if Asbill's mother keeps posting, but Emily Joy says she is careful about what she posts.

Advocates for victims in South Carolina say they have never heard of a request like this.

Asbill's death was discovered when officers responded to Calvert Avenue in Clinton around 11 p.m. June 29 where they found Asbill in cardiac arrest, said Clinton Department of Public Safety Director Robin Morse.

The Greenville News reports Asbill is the daughter of a South Carolina Law Enforcement (SLED) Agent.

Morse says Asbill was taken to the Laurens County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Laurens County Coroner's Office says Asbill died of asphyxiation due to strangulation. The teen was taken to her home by a group of people Saturday night and her stepfather was alerted to her condition, authorities said.

 He then called 911 for help, authorities say.

Two days after her death, officials said "authorities discovered the victim was at a residence located on Fuller Road in Clinton earlier that evening where she was supplied alcohol and drugs"

Six people – all in their late 20s or early 30s – were initially charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, the Laurens County Sheriff's Department announced.

Later in the day on Monday, Michael Vernon Beaty, Jr., age 29, of Calvert Avenue, Clinton was charged with murder, authorities say. Authorities identified Beaty Jr. as Asbill's boyfriend.



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