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Who murdered Molly Wrazen in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina?
- SC Officer Hembree's fiance Molly Wrazen murdered [43 comments] - November 3, 2003, Mt. Pleasant Narcotics Police Officer Justin Hembree's 911 call started like this: "I just walked in my apartment," he said quickly. "She's got a bullet in her chest apparently, there's a hole in her chest, there's a gun beside her, and she's not breathing"...
- [SC] Don't write-off the death of Officer Hembree's girlfriend just yet - “It seems to be somewhat illogical to say we’re closing the case and to say at the same time there are so many unanswered questions”... The county coroner refused to go along with police findings and held a rare coroner’s inquest to determine how Wrazen died. A jury ruled Wrazen was murdered...
- Blogger looks for lessons in Molly Wrazen's life and death - ...people who love you do not belittle you, demean you, physically man-handle you, hurt you or put you down...
TOPIC: INSIDE THE WRAZEN CASE FILES
Documents shed light on probe, add to mysteries
The Post and Courier
By Tony Bartelme and Glenn Smith
Published on 09/19/06[Excerpts] ...This investigation was more thorough than the one immediately after Wrazen's death. In that one, SLED agents failed to interview witnesses and failed to properly gather forensic evidence. It was botched so badly that SLED Chief Robert Stewart fired the agent assigned to the case and reprimanded two supervisors. But the second investigation, like the first, still failed to answer the most puzzling questions in the case: Why would Wrazen, a popular 28-year-old pharmacist, kill herself while making extensive plans to move and find a new job? Why was she buying thousands of prescription painkilling pills off the Internet in the months before her death? The second investigation did turn up intriguing leads. At one point, agents learned that an 11-year-old boy coming back from school supposedly heard a woman screaming "help" from the apartment building where Wrazen died. But when agents finally caught up with the boy's mother, she said the child had moved out of state and couldn't remember details of that day... Tests after Wrazen's death showed no signs of painkillers in her system. Her bank accounts showed no unusual deposits. So the question remains: If she wasn't using the painkillers and wasn't profiting from them, why was she buying them? During the second investigation, agents also scrutinized Hembree's movements the day of Wrazen's death. Hembree, a narcotics officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department, said he left for work at about 10:30 a.m. and didn't return until about 6 p.m. and found Wrazen. His supervisors vouched for his whereabouts, as did his partner, Michael Lynch. Lynch told investigators that Hembree acted no differently that day than any other. If Hembree had been involved in a homicide, "I think I would have noticed that in one second," he told investigators. Lynch took a polygraph test, and an examiner found no signs of deception. Then, Lisa Mills, a manager at Hembree's apartment complex, told investigators that Hembree paid his rent in person on the afternoon of Wrazen's death, a statement that contradicted comments from Hembree and his partner. Mills also remembered that Hembree was less talkative than usual and had his head down. She said that a few days later, after Wrazen's death, Hembree came in again and pointedly told her that he was on a stakeout that day. "It bothered me because I knew he had been on property that day because he handed me his check, and I had talked to him, and he had given me a totally different story." But, several months later, Mills told investigators that it was possible that Hembree paid his rent the morning of Wrazen's death, not in the afternoon... Several friends and colleagues told investigators they were concerned about Hembree's behavior toward Wrazen, and that he used his position as a police officer to control her... But many of Hembree's friends and family painted a much different picture of the couple. They said the two were happy together... Two months before Wrazen's death, she and Hembree went to Florida to get married... Just two hours before the ceremony, however, they called off the wedding... After returning to South Carolina, Wrazen began making plans to go back to Florida. Without telling Hembree, she leased an apartment near Jacksonville and had several job interviews... Investigators learned that during the trip to Florida, Wrazen stopped at a hospital to buy painkillers. Hembree said he had no idea this happened... [Full article here]
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