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Domestic Violence Death

Iva, SC: (Feb-5-08) The family of Furman Douglas Manley II brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the state, after the young man was killed by an Iva police officer in 2003. The suit claimed that Manley was shot and killed on Sep. 28, 2003, after Niki Parks, who was then an Iva police sergeant, responded to a domestic dispute at Manley's home on River Street. When the officer arrived, he found a woman alone. Manley had left the scene. While Parks waited with the woman as she packed some of her belongings, Manley returned. The two men ended up in a bedroom, where Manley reportedly tried to choke Parks. Parks fired two shots in the midst of the fight, and one of those shots hit Manley in the neck, killing him.

Records showed that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division later cleared Parks of any wrongdoing. And the 10th Circuit Solicitor's Office did not file any charges in the case, though Parks no longer works at the Iva Police Department. Sources close to the case stated that as part of a settlement reached, the wrongful death lawsuit was resolved for $31,500. The settlement will be paid out of the state's Insurance Reserve Fund, a fund set up to protect the state and its subdivisions when such lawsuits are filed. [INDEPENDENT MAIL: DOMESTIC DEATH]

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Published on Feb-6-08


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