Double homicide rocks Dacusville

DACUSVILLE — A Dacusville woman was charged Tuesday with murdering her two elementary-aged children and trying to kill her husband.

According to Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark, Suzanna Brown Simpson, 35, of 307 Cherokee Trail, was charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Warrants issued Tuesday alleged that Simpson shot and killed her daughter, Carly Ashelyn Simpson, age 7, and her son, Sawyer Russell Simpson, age 5. They also alleged that she shot her husband, Michael John Simpson, at least one time in the head with a firearm with the intention of killing him.

Police say that an investigation into a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning led Pickens County sheriff’s deputies to the scene.

According to Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe, officers were dispatched to Cherokee Trail shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday in response to an accident involving a pickup truck that had left the roadway.

When deputies visited the home of the registered owner of the truck, they discovered that the home had been the scene of a shooting.

Hashe said officers found three shooting victims — two dead and another who was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

In the warrants police say the suspect told EMS personnel who were rendering aid “OK, OK, I shot my whole family.” At that point, EMS personnel alerted the sheriff’s deputies, who responded to the incident location and discovered the victims lying in bed.

The warrants continued saying that the suspect was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where she told an ER nurse, “I shot my kids, then my husband and tried to shoot myself several times, but couldn’t do it.”

The scene of the crime is less than a quarter of a mile from Dacusville Elementary School, where both children were students.

“Dacusville Elementary is deeply saddened by the loss of two of our children, Carly and Sawyer Simpson,” DES principal Dr. Michael Fleming said. “Both students were very special to the faculty, staff and children of our school. Carly had a beautiful smile that brightened everyone’s day. Sawyer’s excitement for learning was contagious. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family.”

Carly’s first grade teacher, Nancy Zeigler, described Carly as “sweetness defined.”

“She was a very smart little girl who loved to help her fellow classmates,” Zeigler said. “She was a leader in the classroom and loved by all.”

Sawyer’s 4K teacher, Jama Freeman, said that Sawyer was “enthusiastic, adventurous and creative. He loved to build with Legos. We will miss Sawyer’s smile in our classroom.”

Eby said counselors would be sent to the school to speak to faculty, staff and students.