Murder Trial Continues in Franklin Co.

November 1, 2012

The murder trial of a South Carolina man accused in the death of a Lavonia man last year during a home invasion continues in Carnesville.”

On Tuesday, the wife of the victim, Dot Vaughn, took the stand in Franklin County Superior Court.

Vaughn testified that 30-year old Caleb Brandon Fielding of Iva, South Carolina came to their door on the afternoon of October 20 and demanded her husband Jack give him OxyContin and other prescription pain pills.

She said her husband told her to call 911 and that is when she said Fielding attacked her husband.

Vaughn said she saw Fielding hit her husband with an object she described as flashy and knock him to the ground.

She said Fielding then came after her, grabbing the phone away from her and hitting her with it repeatedly.

Mrs. Vaughn managed to get away from her attacker by falling to the floor and rolling herself out the back door and onto the grass where she laid, calling for help.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Earlier in Tuesday’s testimonies, a 14-year boy who lives in the apartment behind the Vaughns testified he heard Dot Vaughn’s cries for help and came out to find her lying in the grass, bleeding.

The boy’s father also took the stand and said he ran into the Vaughn’s house to find Jack Vaughn lying on the kitchen floor barely breathing and covered in blood.

One Franklin County paramedic who attended Jack Vaughn testified Mr. Vaughn was unresponsive when he arrived and was suffering from a severe head injury.

Jack Vaughn died later at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Fielding is charged with one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of armed robbery, one count of burglary, and one count of aggravated battery.

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