Hilton Head man convicted of 2006 murder of parents

HILTON HEAD,SC - HILTON HEAD, SC (WCSC) - After only an hour and a half of deliberation, a jury found a former Florence County deputy guilty of murdering his parents and other charges of wire and mail fraud.

Evidence was stacked against Timothy James Poole, 36, after investigators linked him to the shooting death of his adoptive mother, Linda Poole Hilton, and stepfather, Henry Hilton. Prosecutors showed Poole murdered the couple execution-style at their Lakewood Plantation home in August, 2006.

Lakewood Plantation is in Williamsburg County.

According to investigators, Poole committed the violent acts to gain access to the couple's finances tied to trust funds and their estate. He then wired money from those accounts to his own.

Assistant United States Attorneys Rose Mary Parham and Buddy Bethea said they were pleased with the jury's verdict and thankful that justice was served.

"It has been a long and difficult three years for the family and friends of Linda and Henry Hilton. We hope that the family, friends, and community will sleep a little better tonight knowing that the person who committed these horrific crimes will remain in prison," said Parham.

Poole will be sentenced at a later date and could face up to 400 years in prison.

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