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Defense asks judge to ban Laurens Co. mom's Facebook posts

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Emily Asbill's mother holds a photo of Emily along with family during the bond hearing in June 2013. (July 2, 2013/FOX Carolina) Emily Asbill's mother holds a photo of Emily along with family during the bond hearing in June 2013. (July 2, 2013/FOX Carolina)
LAURENS, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

An attorney for a Laurens County man charged with murder is asking a judge to order the victim's mother to stop posting about her daughter's death and the criminal case on Facebook and other social media sites.

But the mother of 19-year-old Emily Asbill is fighting the request, saying that posting stories about domestic violence and requests for prayers on a Facebook page dedicated to her daughter's memory is helping her heal.

Authorities say Asbill was strangled by her boyfriend, 30-year-old Michael Beaty Jr., in June.

Beaty's lawyer says he can't get a fair trial if Asbill's mother keeps posting.

"We believe the case should be tried in the courtroom, by a fair jury that's impartial in the county's he charged," said Attorney at Law Charles Grose. "So everyone that is connected to this case will have a fair opportunity to respond to the information brought forward in the court room." 

Emily Joy says she is careful about what she posts.

Advocates for victims in South Carolina say they have never heard of a request like this.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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