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Manigault murder suspect may have beaten family to death with dumbbells, deputies say

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Charleston County Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to determine if the suspect in a weekend quadruple homicide bludgeoned his victims to death with dumbbells.

Lovequawn Scott, 22, is charged with four counts of murder after deputies say he killed four members of the Manigault family inside a home off Atlanta Drive near Mount Pleasant on Saturday, March 10.

Charleston County deputies say Joseph Manigault (72), Rose Manigault (69), Kenya Manigault (42), Faith Manigault (15) were found dead, covered in their own blood, inside the garage and a bedroom of the residence.

According to the sheriff’s office, a dumbbell was found beside Joseph Manigault’s body inside the home’s garage. Another was found lying on the floor of the ransacked home, where two other victims were found dead.

All four victims died of blunt force trauma, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office. The dumbbells have been submitted for evidence processing to determine if they were used in the crime, the sheriff’s office says.

Scott was arrested at the scene, when witnesses say he walked out of the front door of the home just as deputies were entering a side door, authorities say. Scott had lacerations on one of his hands, and also was covered in blood.

Family and friends have said Scott was a relative of the Manigault family. The sheriff’s office says detectives have not determined a motive for the crime, and had never responded to any criminal incidents at the address involving Scott prior to the homicides Saturday.

Scott has had multiple brushes with the law recently, however. A former Citadel student, Scott was charged in 2016 by Charleston Police with marijuana possession, which led to him being suspended from the school’s football team.

A background check provided by SLED shows Scott was charged by Coastal Carolina University campus police and the Horry County Police Department with multiple crimes in 2016 and 2017.

Scott’s charges from authorities in Horry County included breaking into vehicles’ fuel tanks, receiving stolen goods, possession of a stolen gun, carrying a weapon on school property, drug possession, resisting arrest and trespassing.

Scott made an initial appearance in Charleston County bond court March 12. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing before a circuit court judge. He remains in jail at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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