© 2021 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Officers Face Criminal Charges After 2 Women Drowned In Van


Two South Carolina law officers have been charged in the deaths of two women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff's department van during Hurricane Florence.

Court records show Stephen Flood has been charged with two counts each of reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter. Joshua Bishop faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Both men are expected to have bond hearings Friday.

The two were fired from the Horry County Sheriff's Office in October. They were driving 45-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green to a mental-health facility under a court order Sept. 18 when their van was swept away by rising floodwaters.

Green and Newton drowned in the back of the van. Flood and Bishop have said they tried unsuccessfully to rescue them.