CLINTON, SC – This happened last week, but it doesn’t seem like a lot of people are covering it. Six people in South Carolina have been charged after 19-year-old Emily Anna Asbill was strangled to death by her 29-year-old boyfriend.
A couple of weekends ago, Michael Beaty Jr. showed up to his stepfather’s home with Asbill unconscious in his car. Beaty’s step-dad called 911, but Asbill would be pronounced dead at the hospital. The Laurens County Coroner’s Office says Asbill died of asphyxiation due to strangulation.
Beaty had an on-again, off-again relationship with Asbill, who was the daughter of a South Carolina Law Enforcement (SLED) Agent.
Police would learn that earlier that night, Asbill accompanied Beaty and 30-year-old William Alexander to a party where the adults there supplied Asbill with alcohol and drugs. After leaving the party, Beaty, Alexander and Asbill reportedly drove around for an hour before ending up at Beaty’s stepfather’s home with an unconscious Asbill.
There have been no details on what happened between Beaty and Asbill within that hour, but police charged Beaty with Asbill’s murder and charged Alexander with accessory after the fact for trying to cover up the crime, Clinton Public Safety Chief Robin Morse during a press conference.
When Morse was asked if Beaty strangled Asbill with his bare hands, or if she asphyxiated on vomit because she was intoxicated, Morse said more toxicology and lab tests would be needed to make a determination. But later Morse said they believe Beaty did strangle Asbill. Police also revealed road marks were found on Asbill’s body but were unclear as to how she got them.
Police have also charged four people who were at the party Asbill attended before she died. Along with Michael Beaty and William Alexander, police have charged Charity Nichole Chiapetta, 27; Kyle Bronson Stewart, 29; Rose Marie Stewart, 28; and Nicholas Chiapetta, 29 with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
On July 2, bond was denied for Beaty and Alexander by Clinton Municipal Judge Bob Link who said the charges against them “are not bond-able offenses in this court.” Their next court date is scheduled for Aug. 9.