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Greenville man walks free in double-homicide case

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Lawrence Campbell leaves jail on Wednesday after his case was dismissed. (July 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Lawrence Campbell leaves jail on Wednesday after his case was dismissed. (July 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
As rain pours, deputies block off a street leading to the scene of a fatal shooting in Berea. (Aug. 21, 2012/FOX Carolina) As rain pours, deputies block off a street leading to the scene of a fatal shooting in Berea. (Aug. 21, 2012/FOX Carolina)
A 2012 mugshot of Lawrence Campbell (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) A 2012 mugshot of Lawrence Campbell (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Charges were dismissed for a Berea man accused of fatally shooting a man and his son in 2012 on Wednesday.

The shooting happened on Aug. 21, 2012 along Lester Avenue in the Berea area.

Greenville County deputies said someone was walking a dog past a home when the person got into a fight with two other men, ending in gunfire.

Deputies said Lawrence Campbell, 62, of Greenville was arrested in connection with the double shooting, charged with two counts of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Deputies said Campbell shot and killed Ben Anders, 42, and his father, 69-year-old Ben Anders Sr., who suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, dying the next day.

Campbell's trial was set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Greenville County Courthouse, but instead the case was dismissed with prejudice.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said the judge had to exclude evidence that was not discovered until Tuesday, prompting the judge to dismiss the case.

Wilkins said there was a discrepancy between the investigator's notes and a report regarding the only eyewitness to the shooting, but the notes were not discovered until Tuesday, which didn't give the defense enough time to use that information to discredit the witness.

He said the judge had no other choice to exclude the evidence, which was the only eyewitness testimony and one of investigators who interviewed him.

"I've never seen this happen before," Wilkins said.

The notes were not given at the witness' impeachment hearing though they were mentioned by officers and asked for by the defense, Wilkins said. 

Wilkins said the defense was able to argue there was a material discrepancy between the notes and report, and the judge agreed.

Campbell's defense attorney Wally Fayssoux said his client was attacked by three people and responded in self-defense. Fayssoux said the third person was the eyewitness and said he believed he was involved in the case.

"There were repeated threats to hurt him, to kill him, to cut him," Fayssoux said.

But the eyewitness, Jeremy Robinson, was in court on Wednesday and said Campbell walked off whistling after shooting the Anders.

"After he shot the two guys he walked off whistling like nothing ever happened...No remorse nothing. He knew what he was doing," Robinson said.

Fayssoux said he does not blame the solicitor's office for the misstep with the evidence involving Robinson and does not believe it was intentional, but said without it, Campbell did not have the chance at a fair trial.

He said Campbell has served more than a year in prison and plans to go back to do what he ever wanted in retirement, walking his dog and cutting his grass.

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