Former detective found not guilty for giving false info in rape case

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former Charleston County Sheriff's Office detective was found not guilty on allegations that he gave false information during a rape investigation.

Court officials say 56-year-old Eugene Magwood was charged with giving false information regarding a 2007 rape case.

An internal investigation started in 2009 at the sheriff's office, who then turned the case to state investigators. Officials say the trial started on June 29 and the following day the jury deliberated for 18 minutes and came back with the verdict.

The State Law Enforcement Division says sometime between November 2007 and December 2008,  Magwood provided prosecuting attorneys with false information in the investigation of a rape case from 2007.

The sheriff's office at the time of the investigation say they found nothing to indicate that the detective knew the defendant.

SLED investigators say Magwood gave false information in the form of a photo lineup that was supposed to have been signed by a witness. In 2009, Sheriff Al Cannon said his detective should have gotten the witness to sign a certain document and instead he signed himself.

"To be honest with you I think it's more a reflection of sloppiness," Sheriff Cannon said.

Authorities say Magwood has not be reinstated with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

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