Prosecutor dismisses murder charges against Horry County man once sentenced to life in prison


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CONWAY, South Carolina — Murder charges have been dismissed against an Horry County man once given a life sentence in the slaying of a married couple.

Local media outlets report Friday prosecutors have dropped charges against Richard Gagnon.

Gagnon was convicted in 2008 in the deaths of Diane and Charles Parker Sr. Prosecutors said Gagnon was dating the couple's daughter and wanted to share in their estate.

The main witness was an inmate who said Gagnon confessed. A second inmate said the first prisoner lied.

Another man pleaded guilty after he was linked to DNA found at the scene.

A judge ruled in 2013 that Gagnon should be tried again, and he was released from prison. Prosecutors could charge Gagnon in the future but say they don't have enough evidence against him right now.

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