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Boyfriend held in shooting case

Amanda Rae Beaty's boyfriend has been accused of withholding information about her July 30 shooting death, said Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department.

Kenward Anthony Roscoe, 28, of Charlotte was arrested Thursday night and charged with obstruction of justice in relation to the shooting, Waldrop said.

"We have reason to believe he knows more about the shooting than he's telling us," Waldrop said. "We have no evidence that ties him directly to the murder."

Waldrop said police haven't filed any murder charges and don't have a suspect in the killing.

According to a police report, Roscoe was inside the house at 474 Cummings St. when Beaty, 26, was shot. Around 10:15 p.m. the couple heard a knock at the door, and when Beaty answered, multiple gunshots rang out, the report states. Investigators arrived minutes later and found Beaty dead on the front porch, according to the report.

Beaty died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the York County Coroner's Office. The death was the first homicide in Rock Hill this year.

Neighbors who heard the shots said Roscoe came yelling for help after discovering the body, and police originally said he was not a suspect.

Now, Waldrop said detectives believe Roscoe might have more information, but he said releasing those details would be "detrimental to the case."

'Worse than Guantanamo'

Roscoe's attorney, Jim Morton, said Roscoe gave police a statement the night of the murder, but was badgered by police to change that statement when they questioned him Thursday. Morton said Roscoe came to Rock Hill on Thursday at investigators' request to discuss the case. During a lengthy interview, Roscoe asked for an attorney "five to 10 times," Morton said.

After hours of questioning, Roscoe agreed to sign a new statement out of frustration, Morton said.

"He told them (police) to write down what they wanted to write down, and he'd sign it," Morton said. "After several hours he just said, 'Screw it.'"

After being contacted by a family friend, Morton, a former prosecutor, said he tried to meet with Roscoe on Friday morning but was not allowed to because police claimed Roscoe never asked for an attorney.

"What's going on is wrong. It's their word against his," Morton said, adding the law requires police to stop questioning suspects after they request an attorney until the lawyer is present. "They won't let lawyers in. There's no recordings or videotapes," he said.

Morton said he doesn't know what information Roscoe might have about the killing. Nor did he know what was in the statement.

Morton said he finally met with Roscoe on Friday afternoon. He plans to fight the legality of the new statement because it was collected after Roscoe asked for an attorney, Morton said.

"This is a violation of people's rights," he said.

But investigators deny Morton's claims, saying the attorney asked to see Roscoe before the suspect asked for a lawyer.

"He never once asked for an attorney," Waldrop said.

Waldrop would not discuss any details about investigators' questioning of Roscoe. But he denied that the suspect was forced to do anything out of duress.

Roscoe was being held at the York County Detention Center on Friday evening on a $25,000 bond, a prison official said.

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