Police: SC man charged in 3 deaths tried to escape

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a South Carolina man facing a death penalty trial in the killings of 3 people tried to escape from jail.

Investigators told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that Cass Franklin Smith pushed down an Cherokee County jail officer Wednesday night when she opened his cell door and made it to a hallway where he was stopped by a locked door.

The escape attempt happened a day after prosecutors announced they were seeking the death penalty against Smith in the killings of 41-year-old Suzanne Bridges, her daughter 15-year-old Maggie Wenner and 45-year-old Harold Lick.

Investigators say Smith shot the three at Bridges' home because he was angry about her new boyfriend.

Smith told TV stations before his arrest Monday that he was innocent.

Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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