Fielding Found Guilty in Franklin Co.

November 6, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

An Iva, South Carolina man is found guilty in the murder of a Lavonia man during a home invasion last year.

A Franklin County Superior Court jury found 30-year old Caleb Brandon Fielding guilty of malice murder, felony murder/aggravated assault, felony murder/armed robbery, aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary and aggravated battery with special findings late last week. In the special findings, the jury wrote that at the time of the aggravated assault as alleged in count 4 and the aggravated battery as alleged in count 7, the alleged victim, Dorothy Vaughn was 65 years of age or older.

Superior Court Judge John Bailey delayed sentencing until a later date that has not yet been set.

Throughout the week long trial, jurors heard literally dozens of witnesses for the prosecution describe the scene at the Vaughn’s home on Bartson St. after the attack.

On Tuesday, Vaughn’s wife, Dot, described in detail how Fielding attacked her and her husband after demanding they give him OxyContin and other prescription drugs.

When Jack Vaughn refused, Mrs. Vaughn testified, Fielding struck him in the head and then attacked her with their phone as she tried to call for help.

Jack Vaughn died later from his injuries at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Dot Vaughn was able to escape the house by rolling on the ground into the grass and get help from the neighbors.

Neighbors also testified they found Dot bleeding in the back yard and Jack Vaughn lying in a pool of blood in the Vaughn’s kitchen.

On Wednesday, the jury heard from a long list of law enforcement officers and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation regarding the case.

Jurors also watched a videotaped interview conducted by the Lavonia Police with Fielding the night he was arrested.

District Attorney Bob Lavender rested his case about 7 p.m. Thursday. The defense did not present a case to the jury.

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