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Daughter Killed Father for $1 Million Inheritance in South Carolina; Also murdered Half-Brother

Daughter Killed Father for $1 Million Inheritance in South Carolina; Also murdered Half-Brother

A woman in South Carolina, 39, has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her father and half-brother as part of a scheme to inherit over $1 million.

This week, Judge Benjamin Culbertson sentenced Samantha Ford Rabon to two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, along with an additional 30 years. The sentences will run consecutively for the 2018 slayings of Robert Marion Ford, Jr. and his son Robbie Stetson Ford.

Prior to receiving a formal sentence, Rabon was convicted by a jury on two charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation to commit murder. Rabon received a life sentence for each of the murder charges, 10 years for each of the solicitation charges, and five years for each of the conspiracy charges.

Her accomplice in the case, 56-year-old Randy Dean Grainger, was found guilty last year of two counts of murder, two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of arson third-degree, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He received two consecutive life terms in a state correctional facility.

As per a statement from the solicitor’s office, officers from the Horry County Police Department were dispatched to a report on August 18, 2018, concerning an abandoned and partially burned vehicle in an open field in Conway, South Carolina. Investigators quickly found out that the vehicle belonged to the elder Ford and visited his home to follow up.

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First responders discovered the elder Ford and his son in the backyard. It seems they sustained fatal gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities reported that the older Ford was shot twice in the head at close range, while his son was shot once in the side and once in the back of the head.

After years of investigation, the police were able to develop leads in the case with the help of forensic genetic genealogy.

Martin made an agreement with prosecutors and provided testimony against Grainger and Rabon during their murder trials.

Additionally, in the criminal trials, various witnesses from financial institutions provided testimony regarding the inheritance Rabon received after the murders of her family members, amounting to over $1 million.

Furthermore, prosecutors shared evidence against Rabon, such as her online search history showing a query about cleaning up a double homicide in four hours.

During the trial, Rabon’s defense attorney claimed that it was Rabon’s mother who orchestrated the plan to have the two men killed.

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