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By Associated Press
COLUMBIA, SC ̵
Stephen Flood is being charged with ruthless murder and involuntary manslaughter with two counts, solicitor Ed Clements told the news on Thursday. Joshua Bishop is being charged with two charges of involuntary manslaughter
Flood and Bishop were fired in October in an internal investigation from the Sheriff's Office of Horry County. The authorities said the two MPs drove 45-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green through Marion County to a mental health facility under a court order as their van was caused by rising floods caused by heavy rains were entrained by hurricane Florence in the state.
The mighty tropical system hit the southeast coast as a hurricane on 14 September, causing heavy flooding as it weakened but almost came to a standstill over the Carolinas for days.
Green and Newton drowned on September 18 behind the sealed van. Representatives of Horry County said that the MPs unsuccessfully attempted to rescue the women from the van on their side and block the door that MEPs would have to open with a key. When rescue workers finally arrived, the van was under water and the deputies were torn from the roof.
Many roads in the northeastern part of the state were flooded and blocked in the days after the violent storm. Sheriff department officials said the deputies in a sizeable sheriff's departmental vehicle were being dragged through a barricade near the Little Pee Dee River by National Guards accused of keeping motorists out of the area.
The Little Pee Dee Was One In the months that followed, a legislative committee observed hearings about the incident and discussed possible changes in the law on how patients involved in psychiatric institutions should be treated by the police